Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Common Eye Condition

When you have a condition called astigmatism, it affects your vision significantly. Several people have this eye condition, which can make everything look blurry and distorted. Our optometrist can correct astigmatism with both glasses and contact lenses. However, the contacts available to patients with astigmatism aren't soft. Instead, they are toric lenses that are far more rigid. When you have astigmatism, you must see the eye doctor yearly to monitor your eye condition and get new prescriptions annually. Visit our optometrist for astigmatism, computer vision, and dry eye. Then, call Fletcher Family Eyecare in Jonesboro, AR, to make your eye appointment. 


What Is Astigmatism?

Most people have an almost perfectly round eyeball. This distinctive shape changes the cornea curve equally in each direction for good vision. The curve of the eyeball focuses light onto the retina, located in the back of the eye. However, for those with astigmatism, the eyeball isn't round. Instead, it resembles a football. This shape causes the cornea to have a curve that isn't even, making the light focus on the wrong area. This misaligned light causes distorted and blurry vision for patients. This condition can cause poor night vision, eye strain, and frequent headaches. Usually, a patient is born with this condition, and usually, there is a genetic component. Additionally, this condition is caused by injury, surgery, or disease that affects the shape of the eye.

Astigmatism Contact Lenses

Astigmatism patients can wear either eyeglasses or specialty contact lenses to correct their vision. Contacts have several benefits, and many patients want to wear them for sports. You may not need vision correction if you have a mild case of astigmatism. Although, you must wear rigid contacts if it's moderate to severe. These are gas-permeable lenses that are stiff and help the eye compensate for the abnormal shape of the cornea. They will keep their rigid body as you wear them. They are highly effective and can significantly help with the distortion many people experience with astigmatism.

Visit Our Eye Doctor

When you need to see the optometrist for your astigmatism or computer vision, call Fletcher Family Eyecare in Jonesboro, AR, to make your eye exam appointment. We would be happy to assist you. Call us today at (870) 930-9200 to schedule an appointment.

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