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Article: Can People with Astigmatism Wear Contacts? - by Eye Contact Guide

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  In the early days of contact lenses, people with astigmatism were unable to benefit from them. However, advances in contact lens technology have lead to toric lenses, which are able to correct even astigmatic vision.

What is Astigmatism?
If you have astigmatism, it simply means that the shape of your cornea is not completely spherical. Instead, the shape is oblong, closer to that of a football.

In a normal eye, the cornea focuses light on a single point on the retina at the back of the eye, creating a clear image. However, when the curvature of the cornea is not perfect, the light is actually focused on more than one spot on the retina, causing blurriness.

Astigmatism can vary from a mild state that is difficult to detect, to a severe condition that causes difficulty seeing, headaches, and eyestrain. This condition can be hereditary, or it can be caused by injury to the eye.

What Kind of Contacts Can I Use With Astigmatism?
For many years, people with astigmatism were limited to hard contact lenses. While hard contacts are effective in correcting vision, they can also be uncomfortable to wear. However, they may provide the sharpest, clearest vision for people with astigmatism.

Today, soft contact lenses called toric lenses are available as an alternative for hard contacts for astigmatism patients. Toric lenses come in all of the varieties as regular soft lenses, including colored, disposable, and multi-focus, giving astigmatism sufferers more variety than ever before.

If you have astigmatism, you’ll notice that your contact lens prescription will have three variables instead of two.

If you’ve been told that you cannot wear soft contacts in the past, it is worth a trip to your eye doctor to try again. Astigmatism sufferers today can benefit from all of the advantages of soft contact lenses including more comfort, more flexibility, and more convenience.


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