I have astigmatism – can I get contacts if I have this condition?

Chesapeake, VA area patients who have prescription eyeglasses and want to enjoy freedom from their lenses will often want to talk to their doctor about the benefits of contact lenses. Contact lenses have been around for decades and continue to be a popular way for patients with refractive errors to correct their vision while eliminating the need for prescription glasses. However, patients who have certain conditions, such as astigmatism, dry eyes, presbyopia, and other concerns may find that these conditions make it challenging to wear contact lenses. Fortunately, patients who have issues such as astigmatism will still be able to enjoy contact lenses with the assistance of their ophthalmologist. 

What is astigmatism? 

Astigmatism is best described by our team at Southside Eye Care as a condition that causes the curves near the front of the eye to become an oval shape or bulge. As a result, it causes blurry vision that can be difficult to address with conventional contacts because the contacts struggle to fit around the bulging of the eye. 

Just because you have an astigmatism doesn’t mean you can’t wear contacts. Instead, an eye doctor at Southside Eye Care may recommend that patients with this condition seek out toric lenses. Toric lenses are the best solution for correcting astigmatism and allowing patients to use contact lenses. These lenses align with the bulge in the eye. They cannot rotate to fit the eye, so they need to be made a little differently than traditional contact lenses to work properly for the patient. These contact lenses take more time to make, so they often cost more than regular contact lenses. Fortunately, they are still affordable for most patients and allow them the freedom from glasses they desire. 

Want to find out if you are a good candidate for contact lenses? 

Even with certain conditions that can make it more difficult to obtain contact lenses, there are options available to these individuals that they can consider with the help of their eye doctor. At Southside Eye Care, we strive to help patients of the Chesapeake, VA area achieve clearer vision without the use of prescription eyeglasses. We encourage patients to call our office at (757) 484-0101 to request an appointment at our facility, located at 3206 Churchland Boulevard.  


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