Hard to Fit Contacts

Do you have an eye condition that keeps you from wearing contacts? Chances are, that even if you do, there are several different types of contact lenses produced today that will be comfortable and safe for you to wear. Our eye doctor in Helena at Montana Eye Care would love to help you. Keep reading for more information about these contacts.


What’s the Point of Hard to Fit Contacts?

Some patients have conditions that make it hard for them to wear regular contact lenses comfortably. These patients are great candidates for these specialty contacts.

Conditions for Special Contact Lenses

Patients with astigmatism, dry eyes, Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC), keratoconus, and presbyopia can be compensated for with these types of lenses. Below is more information about these conditions and the types of contacts that can we worn despite the difficulties these conditions present.


Astigmatism causes blurred vision as a result of malformed corneas or lenses.

Dry Eyes

Dry eyes become easily irritated and blurry. Wearing regular contacts can worsen these symptoms. 

Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)

Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC) is a type of conjunctivitis where the inner part of the eyelid becomes inflamed. Protein may accumulate on regular contacts, making the inflammation worse.


Keratoconus is a condition where the cornea bulges forward because it’s thinning out. The cone shape that is a result of the bulge makes it difficult to wear regular contacts comfortably.


Presbyopia is a condition common in people age 40 and over. This is a condition caused by the hardening of the lenses in a person’s eyes, which makes visual acuity at different distances either difficult or impossible.

Types of Hard to Fit Contacts

There are several types of hard to fit contacts. Rigid gas permeable lenses, toric lenses, bifocal, and multifocal lenses all fall within this category. Our optometrist can go over your options at your appointment.

Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses

Rigid gas permeable lenses prevent excess protein buildup, which make them great for patients with GPC. Keratoconus patients can also use these lenses to lessen pressure on the eye and keep corneal bulging contained.

Toric Lenses

Toric lenses can help patients with astigmatism see clearly. The lens must fit the bulge its correcting, which means each lens is custom-made for the wearer. 

Bifocal and Multifocal Lenses

Presbyopia can be remedied with bifocal and multifocal Lenses. Monovision lenses can also help patients with presbyopia see far away and close up.

Local Contact Lenses

Make an appointment with our optometrist as soon as you can so that we can get you fitted with hard to fit contacts. 

Eye Doctor in Helena

Make an appointment at your earliest convenience for a contact lens exam. You can contact us at Montana Eye Care, 550 North Montana Avenue, Helena, MT 59601, or by phone at (406) 443-2121.


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