Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Inserting contact lensIf you have an astigmatism, you know that it can be a pain to deal with. You may have difficulty seeing clearly, and your eyes may feel strained or tired after a long day. But there are ways to manage your condition and improve your vision. Read on to learn more about astigmatism and the different astigmatism treatment options in New Hampshire that can improve your vision.

What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a refractive error that causes blurred vision at all distances. It occurs when the front surface of your eye (cornea) or lens is not evenly curved, which prevents light from focusing directly on your retina — the back surface of your eye. As a result, vision becomes distorted. Astigmatism can be mild, moderate, or severe, and usually occurs in combination with myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness).

How Do You Correct Astigmatism with Contact Lenses?

If you have astigmatism, there are options available to help you see more clearly. The most common is corrective lenses, which can be in the form of eyeglasses, contact lenses, or even specialty lenses like gas-permeable contacts. Lenses work by bending the light that enters your eye, which helps to improve your vision.

What Are Your Options for Contacts for Astigmatism?

The three main types of contact lenses for astigmatism are gas permeable lenses, hybrid lenses, and soft toric lenses.

What Are Gas Permeable Contact Lenses?

Gas permeable (GP) contact lenses are made of a rigid, oxygen-permeable material that allows oxygen to reach your cornea — the front surface of your eye. GP lenses hold their shape on your eye, which provides better vision than other types of contacts. However, they can take some time to get used to wearing.

What Are Hybrid Contact Lenses?

Hybrid contact lenses are made of two different materials — a rigid gas permeable center surrounded by a soft, pliable skirt. This combination provides the clear vision of a GP lens with the added comfort of a soft lens.

What are Specialty Contact Lenses?

Specialty contact lenses are custom-made to treat certain vision conditions, such as keratoconus or aniridia. They’re often used when other types of lenses haven’t been successful in correcting your vision.

What Are Soft Toric Contact Lenses?

Soft toric lenses are made of a flexible, oxygen-permeable material that molds to the shape of your eye. They have two parts — a central zone that corrects your vision and a peripheral ring that helps the lens stay in place.

How Does a Doctor Help Determine Which Contact Lens Will Treat your Astigmatism the Best?

Your doctor will conduct a thorough eye exam to determine the severity of your astigmatism and prescribe the best type of contact lens for you.

How Can Spindel Eye Associates in New Hampshire Help Treat your Astigmatism?

At Spindel Eye Associates, we offer a variety of contact lenses to treat astigmatism, including gas permeable lenses, hybrid lenses, specialty lenses and soft toric lenses. Our experienced team will work with you to find the best option for your individual needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.