Many people think that, if they have astigmatism, they cannot wear contact lenses. However, people with astigmatism have a wealth of options to correct their vision with contacts. Highland Optometry treat several people in our offices in Wise and Bristol and can help you choose the right kind of lenses for you.
Top Contact Lenses for Astigmatism
There are three basic types of contact lenses that can be used by people who have astigmatism. We offer all three and can help you decide which ones fit your situation best.
Many people opt for gas permeable contact lenses when treating astigmatism. Gas permeable lenses are rigid, which means that they retain their shape instead of conforming to the cornea's irregular shape. Because of this, gas permeable lenses effectively replace the misshapen cornea, correcting the astigmatism.
Toric lenses are a type of soft contact lenses that are designed to correct astigmatism. These lenses can either be made of conventional hydrogel or silicone hydrogel, which is a highly breathable option.
These lenses differ from other soft contact lenses in two ways. First, they have features that allow them to rotate to the right orientation on your cornea so that the lenses properly align with your eyes. Second, they have different powers in different meridians of the lens, which means that they vary the amount of correction they provide.
Fitting toric lenses requires a greater level of expertise. We encourage you to visit our office to be properly fitted.
Hybrid contact lenses have a rigid, gas permeable central zone paired with a soft hydrogel fitting. These contacts provide the best of both worlds for many contact wearers, with the sharp vision offered by gas permeable lenses and the comfort of soft lenses. Because these lenses have thinner edges that gas permeable lenses, they have a lower risk of becoming dislodged during sports and other vigorous activities, as well.
Hybrid lenses are typically in line with gas permeable lenses on cost. However, they have the advantage of having to be replaced less frequently than soft lenses. Like toric lenses, they require expert fitting so that you get the perfect match for your eyes.
Call Our Bristol and Wise Eye Doctor Today!
Is it time to upgrade your vision options? Get in touch to make an appointment. Dr. Weberling and his staff in our Wise or Bristol offices can help you select the right contact lenses for your eyes to help you feel more comfortable and see better.