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I have been told that I can not wear contact lenses because of astigmatism

Is that true?

No way! There was a time when people with astigmatism had great difficulty finding contact lenses that would be comfortable enough to wear every day. That is no longer the reality. Today, not only may lenses be worn; they also provide superb comfort and stability of vision. Astigmatism can be corrected with both soft lenses or rigid lenses (Gas Permeable).

If you have been diagnosed with astigmatism and you want to wear contact lenses, look into the possibility of Toric contact lenses.

woman putting on contact lensToric contact lenses are designed to correct astigmatism they are custom made to fit the eye of the patient. Rather than having a perfectly spherical surface like standard contact lenses, toric lenses have a more oblong shape made to accommodate the shape of the astigmatic eye. Toric lenses can be made of either soft or rigid gas permeable (RGP or GP) lens material, however the soft toric lenses are more common.

Toric contact lenses are also designed in such a way that the lenses stay in place on the eye to maintain proper vision. Sometimes as the eye moves or blinks the lens can rotate considerably on the eye. If this rotation continues with a soft toric lens, a rigid gas permeable lens might be more effective. Rigid gas permeable lenses have a longer initial adjustment time, but once this has passed they are usually just as comfortable as soft contact lenses and they are often easier to care for.

If you have been putting off wearing contact lenses because of astigmatism, contact Dr. Oosterbaan and the contact lens specialists at Eye Country in either Fredericksburg or Llano today.

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