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Posted on 06-23-2017
It used to be that anyone who had astigmatism had to settle for glasses instead of contact lenses. However, that is no longer the case. Today, more and more people who need hard to fit contact lenses are finding that their needs can be met. Contact lenses for astigmatism are available for most patients from your Fair Oaks optometrist, and patients who remember older options will find that they have come a long way.
Patients with conditions such as astigmatism, dry eye, keratoconus, and presbyopia may need hard to fit contact lenses. Having these conditions does not meet that you cannot be fit with effective lenses, but it does mean that a little extra care is necessary to find the right fit for you. Some hard to fit contacts are custom made, which can make them more expensive than basic lenses.
Astigmatism is an eye condition that is caused by a bulging or oval shape on the front of the eye. Blurred vision is a common symptom of astigmatism. Soft contact lenses conform to the eye and thus cannot correct for the shape of the eye unless specially designed and fitted.
However, one modern option for patients with astigmatism is toric lenses. These are soft lenses that typically have a tiny weight, imperceptible to the patient, that keeps them from rotating in the eye. This allows the lens to remain in the right position to correct the astigmatism. Other options include gas permeable rigid lenses, which do not need a weight because the rigidity of the material means that they maintain their shape in the eye. Hybrid lenses that combine soft and rigid areas are also available.
Fitting lenses for astigmatism or other hard to fit conditions requires experience and skill. Here at Swan Family Optometry, your eye doctor in Fair Oaks, we regularly see patients who need specialized lenses. Call us today at 916-966-6080 for an appointment to learn which contact lenses would be best for you.
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