Contact Lens Solutions for Patients with Astigmatism

At Ecenbarger Eye Care, we prioritize educating our patients about their eye conditions and the available options to help them see more comfortably and clearly. Patients with astigmatism are no longer limited to wearing glasses only. Let’s explore the intricate world of astigmatism and how cutting-edge contact lens technology is providing more patients with a choice of how they see clearly. 

Understanding Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a refractive error caused by an irregularly shaped cornea or lens, leading to blurred or distorted vision. Unlike a perfectly round cornea, an eye with astigmatism is more football-shaped, causing light to focus unevenly on the retina. This can result in difficulties with both near and far vision, as well as issues like eye strain and headaches.

Historically, patients with astigmatism may have struggled to wear contact lenses because traditional spherical contact lenses only correct for nearsightedness or farsightedness and not the unique curvature of the eye associated with astigmatism. As a result, many astigmatic patients experienced less than optimal vision and/or vision discomfort and became reliant on glasses only, which aren’t always practical in some situations.

Contact Lenses for Patients with Astigmatism

The good news is patients with astigmatism now have a choice and can wear glasses and contact lenses. Toric contact lenses, a type of contact lens specifically designed to correct astigmatism, counteract the distortion caused by the irregular corneal curvature. These advanced technology contact lenses enable wearers to take on their day from any angle, confident that their contacts will stay in place and help them see clearly in any situation. They are available in different materials, and a full range of daily and monthly disposable lenses, as well as multifocal lenses, ensure optimal comfort and performance. When asked, 84 percent of patients say they choose their vision solution based on different situations. 

Source: See Tomorrow: Contact Lens Institute, “Double Duty: The Patient and Practice Potential of Dual Contact Lens & Glasses Wear | Situational Wear Preferences,” Spring 2023 

Benefits for Astigmatic Patients

Astigmatism no longer needs to be a barrier to clear vision and lifestyle flexibility. With the advent of advanced technology contact lenses, individuals with astigmatism can enjoy the benefits of precise correction, customized comfort, and ongoing freedom and convenience.

Sharper Vision: Improved correction leads to clearer vision at all distances.

Enhanced Comfort: Customized designs and breathable materials provide a more comfortable wearing experience, even for extended periods.

Convenience: Reduced reliance on glasses allows for greater freedom in daily activities, sports, and social engagements.

Are You Interested in Trying Contact Lenses?

At Ecenbarger Eye Care, we are committed to educating patients about all of their vision solution options. This empowers them with the opportunity to choose what’s best for their lifestyle while seeing and feeling their best. If you have astigmatism or concerns about your vision, Drs. Scott and Staci are here to help you find personalized solutions that enhance your quality of life. Schedule your consultation today and experience the world with newfound clarity!