Astigmatism may prevent you from wearing average contact lenses, yet there are many popular toric lenses that can help provide the same comfort for your eyesight and have the same replacement schedule as any other kind of lens. Most popular ones are likely Acuvue moist for astigmatism, Biofinity toric, and some prefer Alcon’s Air Optix for astigmatism, which can be worn up to 6 nights and 7 days continuously.
The common misconception is that many people think astigmatism prevents you from wearing contact lenses, however, with the advancements made today, there are contact lenses that are customized to provide comfort, zero irritation, and, depending on the lens you use, better vision than average contact lens wearers. The choices of what may work for your astigmatism often depends on how the contact would fit in relation to the cornea.
In certain cases of medium to extreme astigmatism, such as keratoconus, specialty contact lenses like scleral lenses or hybrid contact lenses are recommended since their design covers the entire cornea. The customized fit ensures an amazing fit so that your eyesight remains clear, comfort, no unexpected irritation, and the lens stays on the eye without moving around. Although an average astigmatism may not require wearing specially contact lenses, those who experience consistent dry eyes or aren’t satisfied with the visual quality of regular contact lenses may want to consider this option. Investing in a more sophisticated contact lens design is worthwhile. For example, scleral lenses can often provide up to 20/20 vision or better due to the combination of an exact fit and encapsulating most of the cornea. Imagine getting Lasik treatment without the need for surgery or the risks involved. That’s not something you’ll get from conventional contact lenses.
To find out more regarding specialty contact lenses, how your astigmatism can be treated, and see what options are available, contact our Lobard eye doctor for a consultation. You might just tell to your friends afterward saying, “I’m getting perfect vision WITHOUT LASIK!”