Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Contact lenses for astigmatism are specially designed to correct vision for individuals with astigmatism, a common refractive error caused by an irregularly shaped cornea or lens. While others could enjoy the freedom of using eyeglasses for vision correction, those with astigmatism had no choice. Orange County Vision Center in Los Angeles, CA, have specialized contact lenses that solve this problem. Read below to find out more. 

Contact Lens for Astigmatism

Classic Approach

As noted above, the traditional astigmatism approach uses vision-correction eyeglasses. This approach was possible because the eyeglasses were far enough away from the eye that there was never a problem. The lenses simply needed to be crafted to allow vision clarity based on what was happening with the patient’s eye in general, no matter the shape of the eye.

When contact lenses first became available, they were crafted for the standardized eye. Those with astigmatism were left out because the abnormal shape of their eyes didn’t fit the curvature of standard contacts.

Design Features

There were only available options once an optometrist made responsive specialized contacts. These lenses are known as toric contact lenses. These special contacts refract light into the retina at a specific point, allowing patients to enjoy clear vision despite having astigmatism.

Additionally, other designs like scleral lenses and gas-permeable designs came into play, providing even more choices for those with astigmatism. All these options are available today and give patients significant access to contact lenses. Regular follow-up visits with your eye care professional are crucial to ensure proper lens fit, comfort, and optimal vision correction.

Specialized Contact Lenses

Specialized contact lenses allow astigmatism patients to gain clear eyesight. Although, corrective lenses don’t make astigmatism disappear. We will assess your visual needs, corneal shape, and eye health to determine the most suitable type and brand of toric contact lenses. Permanent solutions are only possible with eye surgery that reshapes the cornea. However, many patients can live, function and enjoy life with specialized contacts without surgery.

We Can Help with Our Contact Lens Selection

An eye care professional should properly fit and prescribe contact lenses for astigmatism. Orange County Vision Center in Los Angeles, CA, provides specialty contact lenses designed for astigmatism patients. Even if it’s a first-time change from eyeglasses to contacts, our optometrist team can help. Call us at (714) 894-3353 to schedule an appointment to enjoy freedom from ordinary eyeglasses.

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