People with astigmatism have a cornea with an irregular shape, which may make it difficult to wear contacts. At Vista Eye Care in Las Cruces, we work with patients with astigmatism to find the best contact lenses for their needs. If you want to correct your vision with contacts, we can help you find a solution.
Vision Correction and Astigmatism
While astigmatism once made it difficult for people to wear contacts, that's no longer the case. Contacts may actually provide clearer vision than eyeglasses. There are many types of contacts that are designed for people with astigmatism, including a wide range of single-vision lenses.
Although soft contact lenses cannot correct astigmatism, there are other types of contacts that can correct the shape of the cornea, allowing you to see clearly. Rigid gas-permeable lenses can hold their shape even when placed over an irregular cornea, allowing the wearer to see clearly.
Toric contact lenses are also designed for astigmatism. They have a thick zone, which prevents the lenses from rotating after they are placed on the eye. They are an especially great option for those with lenticular or corneal astigmatism.
Another popular option is hybrid lenses, which offer properties of both toric and rigid gas permeable lenses. These contacts are soft and can be comfortable to wear, but a perfect fit is crucial. Since these contacts have thin edges, it's easy for them to stay in place.
Contact Lens Fittings
When you're wearing contacts that are designed to treat astigmatism, you may not be able to wear lenses straight out of the box. Instead, you will need to schedule a fitting with an optometrist so that you can get a precise fit. During the fitting, you may also be able to try different types of contacts so that you can see what feels best in your eye.
Properly-fitting lenses are essential if you want to be able to see clearly. The right type of contacts can significantly improve your vision. If you have astigmatism, make sure that you choose contacts that meet your needs.
Find the Best Contacts for Your Needs
Dr. Wendler and our team at Vista Eye Care in Las Cruces are here to help if you need contact lenses for astigmatism. We will guide you through your options and can even provide lens fittings. The right contacts can significantly improve your vision and correct your astigmatism. Call our team today at (575) 521-1050 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.