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Can I Wear Contacts with Astigmatism?

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Were you diagnosed with astigmatism and are worried that you’ll always have to wear eyeglasses? Or if you don’t want to wear your glasses, does that mean you’ll need to cope with constant blurry vision? First of all, don’t worry. Nowadays, there is a variety of specialized contact lenses, called toric lenses, made to fit eyes with astigmatism. Our eye doctors in Lenexa, KS, and Lee’s Summit, MO, are skilled and experienced in fitting patients with toric contact lenses. To understand what toric lenses are and how they correct astigmatism, read on.

What is astigmatism?

Any discussion of toric contact lenses needs to begin with a basic explanation of astigmatism. Defined simply, this vision condition results from an irregularly shaped cornea or lens. Instead of being round, people with astigmatism typically have an oblong or football-shaped cornea. This shape distorts light as it enters your eye, thereby causing a refractive error and vision become blurred. Children and adults with astigmatism find it hard to read text or see the details of any object, near and far.

Who gets astigmatism?

If you’re wondering what leads to this vision condition, genetics are to blame. If you inspect your family tree closely you’ll probably find other relatives with it too. Although not as common, astigmatism can also result from trauma to the eye.

How is astigmatism treated?

Blurriness from most types of regular astigmatism are resolved easily and efficiently with some form of vision correction. Eyeglasses are one option, as well as toric contact lenses – as we already mentioned.

Toric Contact Lenses

Many of these specialty toric lenses have a thicker zone at the bottom of the lens, which keeps them from rotating while they sit on your eyeball. Each time you blink, your contact lenses rotate on the eye, but the thicker weighted portion propels them to return to the proper alignment. Since the thicker zone orients the contact lenses more predictably, you benefit from sharper visual acuity. This design also makes it simpler for your eye doctor to fit the lenses during your contact lenses exam. Other types of toric lenses have thin zones that interact with your eyelids in a way that preserves stability.

New technology has led to the development of many soft toric contact lenses, which offer enhanced comfort and vision in comparison to older hard versions. Daily, weekly, and monthly toric lenses are all available. Since toric lenses are more complex to produce, they are generally more expensive than standard lenses.

Depending upon the level of astigmatism, rigid gas permeable contacts may be an alternative option. These hard contact lenses rest on your eyes in a way that creates a reservoir of tears under them, which can also help correct astigmatism.

Biofinity Toric

Biofinity Toric contact lenses, by Coopervision, are a popular choice of soft lenses that we recommend often for astigmatism in our Lenexa, KS, and Lee’s Summit, MO, eye care centers. Made with their unique Aquaform Science Technology, Biofinity lenses are breathable and hold water within the lens. This improves comfort and resistance to both dryness and protein deposits. Unlike other silicone hydrogel contact lenses, Biofinity also has no added surface treatments or wetting agents, which is another reason for their high wearing comfort.

Where can I get contact lenses near me?

We are pleased to offer thorough contact lenses eye exams to fit you with toric lenses, and we maintain a complete inventory of premium contacts from brand-name manufacturers. Our optometrists will help you select the ideal pair of contact lenses for your visual and lifestyle needs. So there’s no need to wonder where’s the best place to find contact lenses near me, our offices in Lee’s Summit, MO, and Lenexa, KS, have the answer!

With all these high-tech types of contact lenses on the market, it’s a good time to have astigmatism and see clearly without eyeglasses. Over 90% of people with astigmatism can be treated with contact lenses. To determine which type of toric lenses are ideal for you, a qualified eye doctor must perform a contact lens exam. Contact us to book an appointment at CustomEyes.