If you have astigmatism, you probably have questions about whether or not you can wear contact lenses. Family Eye Health & Contact Lens Center, serving Lewiston, Lisbon, Sabattus, and Greene, is staffed with eye care professionals who know how to help people with astigmatism see clearly, no matter what their vision correction choice happens to be.
Can People with Astigmatism Wear Contacts?
Of course! It's a common misconception that people who have astigmatism are not able to wear contact lenses. Most people actually have at least some degree of astigmatism. The condition simply means that the eye's surface is not perfectly spherical. Many people with slight degrees of astigmatism are able to wear normal contact lenses. If your astigmatism is severe enough that you are unable to wear standard contact lenses, don't worry. There are still plenty of options for you to go without your glasses.
Toric contact lenses are one option for people who suffer from severe astigmatism. These lenses are soft and work to correct vision in people with irregularly shaped eyes. Some toric contact lenses are even weighted at the bottom to prevent them from spinning on the eye's surface. If you choose toric contact lenses, you may have to try a few different brands before you find one that's a good fit for your eye shape. Gas permeable lenses are another contact lens option for people suffering from astigmatism. These rigid lenses tend to provide clearer vision than toric lenses, but some users find them to be uncomfortable for daily wear. Hybrid contact lenses are the best of both worlds. They combine the rigidity of a gas permeable lens with the softness of a toric lens around the outer edge of the contact.
Our eye doctor will help you decide which type of contact lens will be the best fit for you. If you find that after a few days of wearing your lenses, they feel uncomfortable, be sure to give us a call for a follow up appointment. We'll be able to work through your discomfort and try new types of lenses until we find one that's a good fit for you. Your comfort and vision health are our top priorities.
Call Our Eye Doctor Serving Lewiston, Lisbon, Sabattus, and Greene
If you have astigmatism and are interested in wearing contact lenses, it's important that you work with an optometrist who has experience treating people who have your condition. At Family Eye Health & Contact Lens Center, our optometrists know how to help people with astigmatism wear contact lenses comfortably. Call our office today at 207-782-9501 to set up an appointment.