Sometimes patients prefer contact lenses instead of eyeglasses but cannot wear regular lenses due to conditions such as keratoconus. Rest assured that we offer specialty lens services at Jackson Eye in Fairburn to help you see better without sacrificing comfort. With our expert advice, you can find the right contact lenses to suit your needs.
What Is Keratoconus?
People who have this condition have thinner corneas that bulge forward more than a person without the condition. The shape of the cornea changes how light is focused, impacting a person’s vision. Many people first notice their vision has become affected as teenagers or young adults. The bulging can make it difficult or impossible to fit for contact lenses. The condition can become more severe over time, requiring specialty lenses for the proper fit and preventing further bulging of the cornea. People with this condition may also develop astigmatism or nearsightedness.
Wearing Regular Contacts With Keratoconus
Some people with bulging corneas may be able to wear standard gas-permeable lenses comfortably. However, those people whose corneas bulge more severely may need custom-fit contacts. Scleral lenses are often recommended because the larger shape covers more of the eye and rests on the sclera rather than the cornea. In this way, scleral lenses provide greater comfort to the wearer. These lenses also move less often when you blink, further increasing your comfort.
For some people, soft or hybrid contact lenses are a better option with keratoconus, but others require more specialized contacts. It may be best to try several types of lenses before settling on the most comfortable option for your eyes. Our eye doctor will carefully measure your eyes to determine which type of lenses will work best for the shape of your corneas. If you are experiencing discomfort from traditional lenses, it is important to speak up. There may be better contact lenses for your eyes.
Surgery and Keratoconus
Although lenses may improve visual acuity for wearers with keratoconus, sometimes surgery is required to correct the bulging of the corneas. However, not everyone with keratoconus requires surgery. Patients may not be aware of the various types of specialty lenses that can increase comfort and vision clarity without requiring surgery. That is why eye surgeons and contact lens specialists work together on contact lens trials before recommending surgery.
Get Help With Eye Care In Fairburn, GA
If you would like to know more about specialty lenses or make the switch to contact lenses from eyeglasses, contact our team at Jackson Eye today. Call us at (770) 629-4351 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jackson.