Astigmatisms are fairly common, with an estimated 33% of the United States’ population having astigmatism in one or both eyes. Astigmatism can occur in two places within the eye: the cornea and the lens. A corneal astigmatism occurs when the cornea isn’t evenly curved. Similarly, a lenticular astigmatism occurs when an eye’s lens is misshapen.
No matter which type of astigmatism you have, or even if you suffer from both, you will most likely be able to still wear contact lenses if you choose to. While patients with astigmatism can certainly wear contact lenses, there are some types of lenses that are better suited to correct vision affected by astigmatism than others.
Soft Contact Lenses
Patients with a mild astigmatism can typically achieve perfect vision with regular soft contact lenses.
Toric Contact Lenses for Moderate Astigmatism
Toric contact lenses are designed to specifically help correct moderate astigmatisms. They are shaped differently than traditional lenses, and they can correct both lenticular and corneal astigmatisms. Unlike soft contact lenses, toric lenses must go on the eye in a very specific way in order to be effective. The doctors at Broberg Eye Care are highly trained and experienced in fitting patients for toric lenses to ensure the best fit.
If you have astigmatism in either or both eyes, LASIK surgery is another alternative to achieving corrected vision. Read about LASIK for astigmatism.
Do you have more questions about what contacts are the best choice for astigmatism? The ophthalmologists at Broberg Eye Care are always happy to meet with you and answer any questions you have. Call us to schedule an appointment.