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Specialty Contact Lenses

Hard to Fit Contact Lenses

 Most contact-wearers enjoy the freedom and comfort of wearing contacts, plus they like the fact their contacts don't fog up or get splattered with water like glasses do when spending time outdoors in cold or rainy weather. Unfortunately, wearing contacts is more challenging for some, especially if patients have certain eye conditions. The good news is our optometrists serving the Burlington and Hamilton areas at LivingHope Vision Clinic have hard-to-fit contact lenses available.

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Our Eye Doctor Provides Specialty Lenses and Orthokeratology

If you have ever been told that contact lenses don't fit you, don't be discouraged! This doesn't mean that you will never be able to wear contacts. Our eye doctors offer specialty contact lenses for patients with a variety of eye disorders including:​

  • Astigmatism

  • Dry eye

  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC)

  • Keratoconus

  • Presbyopia


Contacts are usually soft lenses but if you can't wear these types of contacts due to having any of the above eye disorders, our eye doctors may need to fit you with either gas permeable (GP) or rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses. These types of specialty contact lenses are made from a hard, oxygen permeable material that is more comfortable to wear for patients with certain eye conditions. Depending on your eye disorder, our optometrist might also recommend daily disposable lenses. If you have astigmatism, you may need toric lenses or RGP lenses.

If you have an irregular-shaped cornea, you may be able to wear scleral lenses, which are a type of GP lens that fits over the corneal surface and rests on the white part of the eye. These lenses are larger than normal contact lenses, but they are just as comfortable. If you have other conditions of the cornea, including keratoconus or severe ocular surface disease, scleral lenses may be the only option.

If you have a condition called progressive myopia, you may benefit from orthokeratology, which is commonly referred to as ortho-k. This is when the optometrist needs to reshape the contour of the cornea, which can be done by wearing specialty GP lenses at night and soft contact lenses during the day. Ortho-k is also helpful for those who have dry eyes or large pupils.

Contact Us Today To Learn More About Specialty Contact Lenses!

If you are in need of hard-to-fit contact lenses, contact our optometrists serving Burlington, Hamilton, and the surrounding area by calling 905-247-6161 (Burlington) or 905-561-1110 (Hamilton) to schedule your contact lens fitting appointment. 

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