Hard To Fit Contact Lenses Specialist

C. Gene Wilkins, O.D. -  - Optometrist

C. Gene Wilkins, O.D.

Optometrist located in Los Alamitos, CA

If you have dry eyes or astigmatism or wear bifocals, you may think you can’t wear contact lenses. At Dr. C. Gene Wilkins, Optometrist in Cypress, California, Dr. Wilkins specializes in prescribing hard-to-fit contact lenses. Dr. Wilkins has more than 20 years as an optometrist and he takes extra time to make sure your contact lenses meet both your comfort and vision clarity needs. Call the office to schedule a comprehensive contact lens exam or use the online booking tool to choose the next available appointment time.

Hard To Fit Contact Lenses Q & A

Am I a good candidate for contact lenses?

Even if you’ve been told in the past that you have a hard-to-fit contact lens prescription, Dr. Wilkins may be able to help you see clearly with contacts. He takes extra time during your exam and contact lens fitting to discuss your lifestyle, vision prescription, and any other eye conditions that may make you more challenging to fit for contact lenses. There are numerous possibilities for people with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, so chances are, Dr. Wilkins can find a pair of contacts that meets your needs.

Can I still wear contacts even if I have dry eyes?

With today’s contact lens technology, it may still be possible for you to wear contacts even if you have dry eyes. Contact lens options for adults with poor tear quality or insufficient tear production may not be able to wear contacts as many hours each day as someone without dry eyes, but you do have several options, including:

  • Soft, water-gradient, disposable contacts, so you wear a new pair each day
  • Silicone-based contacts that allow greater oxygen flow for less irritation of dry eyes
  • Large, rigid, gas-permeable contacts for greater oxygen flow
  • Increased use of artificial tears or rewetting drops with your contacts

In most cases, you may also be able to wear a trial pair of lenses to determine if they’re the best fit for you before you decide on a more permanent solution.

What are my contact lens options if I have astigmatism?

Hard-to-fit contact lenses are often due to astigmatism (an irregularly shaped cornea). Dr. Wilkins works with you to try a few different types of lenses until you find a pair that fits well and delivers the best vision clarity possible.

Some ideal contact lenses for people with astigmatism include:

  • Rigid gas permeable lenses
  • Custom-designed contact lenses
  • Hybrid contacts that are part soft and part rigid
  • Scleral lenses that cover a larger corneal surface area

Scleral contact lenses are often a great option for hard-to-fit prescriptions since they cover a greater area of your cornea, allowing you to see clearly, even if you have astigmatism.

If you want to wear lenses, but you’ve been told you’re hard to fit, don’t give up! Call Dr. Wilkins’ office to schedule a contact lens exam or use the online booking system.