Wearing Contacts When You Have Astigmatism

Posted: Jul 10, 2021 by The Eye Center
Filed under: astigmatism, contact, lenses

Many of the people who visit an ophthalmologist in Columbia, SC, express concerns about astigmatism, a condition that causes people to experience distorted or blurry vision. Many people who have astigmatism also experience either nearsightedness or farsightedness, requiring the use of either glasses or contact lenses. Luckily, there are some contact lenses offered at a Columbia eye center that are perfect for those with astigmatism!

What Kind of Contact Lenses Are Best for Astigmatism?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology, or the AAO, recommends that people with astigmatism wear rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses. This type of lens, usually offered at a Columbia, SC ophthalmology practice, is harder than most contact lenses to offer sharper vision. If you don’t find RGP lenses comfortable, the AAO suggests that you try soft toric lenses, instead. These fit a person’s unique eye shape to be as effective as RGP lenses.

Brands & Lenses for Astigmatism

Your ophthalmologist in Columbia, SC, will likely be able to recommend a specific brand of lenses meant for people with astigmatism. The surgeons at The Eye Center use both the Acrysof Toric lens from Alcon and the Tecnis Toric lens from Abbott. They have had great success with both and customize each patient’s lens choice. 

Contact Your Doctor for Recommendations

Everyone is different, so everyone experiences astigmatism differently. For specific recommendations on the type of contact lenses you should wear, visit your Columbia, SC, ophthalmology practice to get a comprehensive eye exam and ask your doctor for their advice.


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