Contacts for Astigmatism
For a long time, people with astigmatism could not wear contact lenses particularly successfully. However, modern advancements in contact lens design have allowed people with astigmatism the freedom to enjoy going without glasses, too. Here at Powers Eye Center, we fit hard-to-fit contacts for people with various conditions, including astigmatism.
Types of Contacts for Astigmatism
There are three basic types of contact lenses for people with astigmatism:
- Soft toric lenses - Soft toric lenses have a design feature that prevents rotation in the eye. This provides a correction that stays in the proper meridian of the lens and does not shift. The type of design feature depends on the brand and type of contacts. Some contacts use a tiny weight on the bottom of the lens.
- Gas permeable (GP) hard lenses - Gas permeable lenses do not require rotational stability because they are a rigid, hard surface that retains its shape over the eye. This proper curve replaces the irregular curve of the eye for the purpose of focusing light. However, people often find wearing GP lenses much harder to get used to.
- Hybrid lenses - Hybrid lenses attempt to address the issue of comfort while retaining the quality of GP lenses. These lenses have a hard GP center that light focuses through and a soft outer 'skirt' that rests against the eye. For many people, these lenses are the best of both worlds.
For people who need extreme vision correction, there are toric GP lenses as well. However, these are not usually necessary. GP and hybrid lenses are a bit more expensive than soft toric lenses. They last longer than soft lenses in most cases, so it may not result in a large difference in long-term cost.
Fitting Hard-to-Fit Contact Lenses
Our doctor can fit contact lenses for people with astigmatism, as well as other irregular eye conditions. However, it does take a bit more time to fit these specialized lenses. If you have had a contact lens fitting in the past, you will find that a fitting for contacts when you have astigmatism is a bit more in-depth. Fitting GP and hybrid lenses requires more time than fitting for soft toric lenses, too.
Contacts for Astigmatism in Colorado Springs
Here at Powers Eye Center in Colorado Springs, we offer contact lens fittings for people with a variety of eye conditions. If you have astigmatism or another eye condition and are still interested in wearing contacts, call us today at (719) 598-5068 to schedule an appointment. Our doctor will be happy to assess your situation and explain the various options available to you.