Patients with astigmatism have imperfections in their cornea or lens curvature. This causes blurry vision at all distances and is a very common eye condition. It is a common misconception that people with astigmatism can’t wear contact lenses.
Almost every lens brand has carefully crafted lenses that adjust to the imperfection in the eye and correct your vision. You can choose from a wide range of options, including the ones mentioned below.
Toric Soft Lenses
Toric lenses are the most comfortable, convenient, and easily accessible options available in the market. Every popular lens brand like Bausch & Lomb, Johnson & Johnson, Coopervision, Alcon, Proclear 1 day etc., has toric products. These lenses are specifically designed for eyes with irregular corneas. Here’s a look at some of their advantages:
- Toric lenses have different powers in different sections or meridians on their surface. This corrects both short-sighted and long-sighted vision, which is unlike spherical lenses because they only correct farsightedness or nearsightedness.
- The lenses rotate automatically when they are placed on your eyeball, adjusting to the shape and aligning properly to ensure all meridians fall at the right places.
- Toric lenses require proper testing and fitting from a qualified optometrist.
These types of contacts are a little more expensive compared to regular spherical because of their complex design. Don’t attempt to wear regular lenses if you have astigmatism because they can be uncomfortable and damage your eye.
RGP or Rigid Gas Permeable
RGP lenses are also a great choice for people with astigmatism. They usually don’t have a toric design because they are already rigid and will hold their shape over an irregular cornea. Some RGP products so have toric features and they are used to correct higher or more unusual corneal irregularities.
Experienced users feel RGP provides clearer and sharper vision compared to soft toric lenses. Modern rigid lenses are designed to be comfortable but they do have a longer adjustment period.
You may become accustomed to a soft lens after a couple of tries but an RGP contact will require more time and patience. Some wearers are unable to adjust and move back to toric lenses while others find RGP more suitable for their lifestyle.
Hybrid contacts offer the best of both worlds. They have two zones made from different materials. A small RGP lens sits at the centre and is surrounded by a soft toric lens made from hydrogel or silicone hydrogel.
This option is comfortable like the soft contacts but is as clear as RGP lenses. Hybrids are larger in diameter compared to regular RGP contacts and they are about the same size as soft topics.
Hybrid lenses are ideal for active people because the hydrogel or silicone hydrogel circumference keeps them in place. However, you need to get a special prescription and fitting from a qualified optometrist to wear these lenses. They require just as much care as regular RGP contacts.
There’s no shortage of options available to people with astigmatism. You can even get beautiful coloured lenses instead of plain clear ones. Recent advancements and superior technology ensure that you can now get a contact lens online that suits your lifestyle perfectly.
If you want to try good-quality contact lenses for astigmatism, visit Lens World today. You can find these lenses and more in our store.