Contact Lenses for Astigmatism at Pathway Eye
Astigmatism causes blurry and distorted vision, affecting approximately one in three people. Those with astigmatism have access to various options for improving their vision, including contact lenses, helping provide a clear, sharp image. Our optometrists at Advanced Eye Care are here to help patients in Amarillo, TX, with all of their eye care needs.
What Is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a condition that occurs when the cornea’s curvature is irregularly shaped, preventing light from bending and accurately focusing onto the retina. This condition can cause blurred and distorted vision. Astigmatism can be congenital or result from eye surgery, injury, or keratoconus. Some symptoms of astigmatism include:
- Distorted vision
- Blurred vision
How Contact Lenses Can Help Astigmatism
Though it is difficult to fit contact lenses due to the irregular-shaped cornea, it is possible to wear contact lenses with this condition. Some lenses are designed to treat astigmatism symptoms. A patient with astigmatism can wear regular soft contact lenses. However, if the lenses do not fit properly over the cornea, our optometrists may recommend specialty lenses that better fit your unique eye shape.
Toric contact lenses help provide clear vision by matching the corneal shape, offering varying powers to correct refractive errors. Rigid gas permeable contact lenses retain their shape on the eye instead of adjusting to the shape of the irregular cornea and act as a replacement for the cornea. Scleral contact lenses are specialized gas permeable lenses with a larger diameter to allow them to vault over the cornea instead of sitting on them. Hybrid contact lenses combine soft and rigid lenses, providing clear vision.
When to See an Eye Doctor
If you experience any symptoms related to astigmatism, call us to schedule an exam with one of our eye doctors. Our optometrists can diagnose your condition and prescribe corrective contact lenses to improve your vision.
Call to Schedule a Contact Lens Exam
Astigmatism can cause complications with seeing clearly and performing daily activities. Seeing one of our optometrists at Advanced Eye Care can help diagnose and treat your astigmatism symptoms. Call us today at (806) 355-9536 for more information or to schedule a contact lens exam.