Eye Conditions Treated With Contact Lenses

It is difficult for eye doctors to prescribe eyeglasses for some patients who have eye problems. Many of these patients, however, get their sight restored when they wear correctly fitting contact lenses. See if you or a loved one falls into these categories where contact lenses may be an outstanding solution.


Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease where the usually round cornea begins to thin and bulge out in the middle. Then, the bulge distorts light from entering the eye correctly. Patients with this condition do not see images sharply. Contact lenses made from rigid oxygen-permeable materials do not adjust to the shape of the eye, so the patient often sees much more sharply. Other patients benefit from scleral contact lenses that fit tightly against the eye’s scleral while leaving plenty of room for the ill-shaped cornea. Some people even wear a combination of contacts to get the best treatment of keratoconus.


The cornea of the eye has an unusual shape, or the lens’ curvature is abnormal in people with astigmatism. Many people with astigmatism wear glasses well. Those with large amounts of astigmatism, however,  often see better when they wear contact lenses. Toric gas permeable contact lenses usually are custom-made to accommodate the eye, and they deliver beautiful results.

Dry Eyes

Specialized contact lenses may be a good solution for people suffering from dry eye syndrome. Doctors often recommend gas-permeable contact lenses because they do not dry out the eye like some people find that their soft contacts do regularly. Usually, doctors prescribe other eye treatments to keep more tears in the eye before writing these prescriptions.

Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis and Atopic Keratoconjunctivitis

Chronic ocular allergies cause giant papillary conjunctivitis. This disease is most prevalent in children between the ages of 6 and 18, and it can vary throughout the year. A similar condition, called atopic keratoconjunctivitis, can appear in adults. Both diseases can damage the cornea because proteins build up there. Disposable lenses can be effective at keeping the proteins from building up in the eye like they often do with contacts designed for people to wear them for long periods.


Usually seen in older adults, presbyopia is a condition causing a person to lose their near-focusing ability. People who have this condition often respond very well to bifocal and multifocal lenses because they can be designed to have a precise fit. Other patients with presbyopia see great with monovision contact lenses.

If a doctor has told you in the past that you cannot wear contact lenses, then set up an appointment at Eyes of Winter Park to revisit the issue. Contact lens in Orlando wearers have more options available to them than ever before. The doctor and staff will be glad to answer any questions that you have about contact lenses in Orlando.

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