Hard To Fit Contacts FAQs

For most people, switching prescription eyeglasses to contact lenses is a simple, straightforward process. However, it can be more complicated for others due to having eye conditions that require hard to fit contacts to meet their visual needs. If you are diagnosed with an eye condition that requires hard to fit lenses, our team at Vista Eye Care in Las Cruces is here to help. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about hard to fit contacts and how our optometry team can help.


What does hard to fit mean?

When our Las Cruces optometrist talks about hard to fit contacts, we refer to specialty contact lenses people need due to eye conditions that make standard soft contacts unsuitable for them to use. Hard to fit contacts are specifically designed for people with certain eye conditions.

What eye conditions make me hard to fit?

Numerous eye conditions can put you in the hard to fit contact lens category. Common conditions include:

  • Dry eye
  • Astigmatism
  • Presbyopia
  • Keratoconus
  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis

Standard soft lenses may also not correct vision problems caused by extreme refractions in your sight.  

What type of hard to fit contacts should I use?

At Vista Eye Care, we carry various types of hard to fit contacts, so you can find the pair that’s perfect for you. Rigid gas permeable lenses can be suitable for people with dry eye as they tend to hold moisture under the lens, making them less likely to aggravate your dry eye symptoms. If you have presbyopia, our optometrist may recommend multifocal lenses as they enhance both near and far sight. Toric lenses are a good fit for people with astigmatism, while scleral lenses can correct vision problems caused by keratoconus. Scleral lenses are designed to treat a variety of eye conditions and are easily identified due to their larger size. This large contact lens rests on the sclera, or white portions of the eyes.

How do I know if I need hard to fit contacts?

If you are interested in getting your first pair of contacts, you’ll need to schedule a contact lens appointment at our clinic. After evaluating your vision and eye health, our eye doctor can determine if you have an eye condition that requires hard to fit lenses to correct your sight. If so, we’ll discuss your options with you and help you find the contacts that will improve your vision without causing pain or discomfort. Working with our eye care specialist will ensure you make wise decisions concerning the contact lenses you buy.

Visit Our Eye Doctor in Las Cruces, NM for Contact Lenses

To learn more about hard to fit contact lenses or to schedule a contact lens exam, contact us at (575) 521-1050. Vista Eye Care is your one-stop shop for all your eye care needs.

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