When a person's cornea or lens is curved in an abnormal way, it causes astigmatism. Astigmatism is a refractive error that can interfere with the way that light focuses on the lens of the eye. This can lead to eyestrain, blurred vision, and other vision problems. Thankfully, astigmatism can easily be corrected with contacts. Visit Edward Bancroft, OD in Anchorage or Palmer Vision Clinic in Palmer to learn more about your options.
The Benefits of Wearing Astigmatism Contact Lenses
While there are a few ways to correct astigmatism, contacts are particularly effective. With contacts, your field of vision is much wider than it would be with glasses. Contacts are also a convenient option, especially for physically active people.
If you have astigmatism, it's important to talk to an optometrist about contact lenses. Some people with astigmatism need to wear specialized lenses that are designed to help their eyes focus properly. Your eye doctor can help you find comfortable contacts that meet your needs and fit your lifestyle.
The Best Contact Lenses for People with Astigmatism
People with mild astigmatism may be able to wear soft contact lenses with a slightly modified prescription. In some cases, however, someone with astigmatism may benefit from wearing specialized contacts. Some of the types of contact lenses recommended for astigmatism include:
These soft lenses are designed to better fit eyes with astigmatism. Toric lenses are usually made from comfortable, breathable materials like silicone hydrogel, and there is a wide range of options to choose from. However, since these lenses have an unusual shape, they can be more difficult to fit than standard contacts.
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses
These hard contact lenses can correct moderate astigmatism, leading to significant improvements in vision. While toric lenses are usually disposable, RGP lenses are designed to be worn for long periods. RGP lenses are custom-made using a patient's corneal measurements, allowing for a perfect fit.
While these contacts have the same structure as rigid lenses, they include a hydrogel or silicone skirt that makes the contacts more comfortable to wear. Like RGP lenses, they are custom-made to fit a patient's cornea. Hybrid lenses are an alternative to RGP lenses suitable for people with moderate astigmatism.
Talk to an Optometrist to Find the Right Contacts
If you are interested in astigmatism contact lenses, set up a contact lens exam with Edward Bancroft, OD in Anchorage or at Palmer Vision Clinic in Palmer. Call our Anchorage office today at (907) 562-2020 or our Palmer office at (907) 745-4373. You can also reach us through our website by using our online contact form.