If you have astigmatism, you know that contact lenses can be a real lifesaver. But did you know that there are different types of contacts at ClearView Eyecare in Bellingham that is specifically designed for people with astigmatism? Let’s take a closer look at the different types of contact lenses for astigmatism and help you choose the right ones for your needs.
What Is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a common refractive error that occurs when the front surface of the eye, the cornea, has an irregular curvature. This can cause light rays to bend in different directions, which results in blurred or distorted vision. Astigmatism can be mild, moderate, or severe, and it usually occurs alongside other refractive errors like nearsightedness or farsightedness.
Types of Contact Lenses for Astigmatism
There are three main types of contact lenses for astigmatism:
1. Soft Contact Lenses
They are the most common type of contact lenses and can be made from a variety of materials, including silicone hydrogel. These lenses are designed to mold to the shape of your eye and provide good vision correction. They are also very comfortable to wear.
2. Gas-Permeable Contact Lenses
These lenses are made from a rigid, permeable material that allows oxygen to pass through to the eye. They are custom-made to fit the specific shape of your eye and can provide excellent vision correction. Gas-permeable lenses can take some time to get used to, but they are very comfortable once you do.
3. Hybrid Contact Lenses
These lenses have a rigid gas-permeable center surrounded by a soft ring. They provide the sharp vision correction of gas-permeable lenses with the added comfort of soft lenses.
Tips for Choosing the Right Contact Lenses
The best type of contact lenses for you will depend on several factors, including the severity of your astigmatism, your lifestyle, and your personal preferences. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right lenses:
- If you have a mild case of astigmatism, soft contact lenses may be the best option for you. They are more comfortable to wear and easier to adjust to than gas-permeable lenses.
- If you have a moderate or severe case of astigmatism, gas-permeable lenses may be a better option. These lenses provide sharper vision and are less likely to cause eye irritation.
- If you wear contact lenses for sports or other activities, hybrid lenses may be the best option. They are designed to stay in place during physical activity and provide clear vision.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrists in Northern Washington
If you're ready to try contact lenses for astigmatism, contact ClearView Eyecare in Bellingham to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors. Call us today at (360) 392 8306.