If you've been diagnosed with astigmatism, you may have questions about astigmatism contact lenses. Many people who suffer from astigmatism believe that contact lenses are not an option, but in many cases, this isn't true. Our Richardson TX optometry center, Richardson Eye Associates, has experienced eye care professionals who are experts in helping people with astigmatism comfortably wear contact lenses.
What You Need to Know About Astigmatism
Astigmatism is incredibly common. Many people have some degree of astigmatism. While the condition sounds serious, it actually just refers an abnormal curvature of the cornea or of the lens inside the eye. Astigmatism can cause blurred vision. While slight astigmatism doesn't require special treatment, more severe cases may require astigmatism contact lenses or eyeglasses that change the way light enters the eye.
Astigmatism and Contacts
There are two different options when it comes to astigmatism contact lenses. Standard contact lenses for astigmatism may be shaped differently from typical contact lenses, depending on the degree of astigmatism correction needed. These contacts can also correct near or farsightedness, depending on the needs of the wearer. If you have astigmatism, it may take our optometry staff a little bit more time to fit you for contact lenses than it would take for someone without astigmatism. Some people with astigmatism can wear standard soft lenses, while others need more rigid lenses that are able to hold their shape while worn.
Another contact lens option for people with astigmatism is orthokeratology, or ortho-k, lenses. These lenses are only worn at night while sleeping. They work overnight to reshape the cornea, correcting the astigmatism. It's important to wear ortho-k lenses every night, as the effects of the shaping of the eye are not permanent. Some people find ortho-k contact lenses to be uncomfortable at first, but most people adjust over time and find that eventually, they cannot feel them in their eyes.
While eyeglasses are an option for people with astigmatism, many people find that their vision is improved with contact lenses. Eyeglasses do not cover the full field of vision- contacts provide a wider field of clearsight.
Call Our Richardson TX Optometry Center
If you have astigmatism and are curious about what contact lens options are available for you, visit our Richardson TX optometry center, Richardson Eye Associates. Our expert staff will help you find contacts that meet your needs, as well as answer any questions that you may have. Call our office to set up an appointment today at (972) 231-3439. We look forward to helping you and your family with all of your eye care needs.