AssureVision Offers Contacts for Astigmatism
Astigmatism is a vision condition that affects millions of people, causing fuzzy, unclear images that make work and other activities difficult or impossible. Whether you're new to contact lenses or considering switching to toric lenses, this information will help you better understand how we can address your vision needs.
In this article, we'll introduce you to contact lenses designed specifically for astigmatism. We'll explore what astigmatism is, how toric contact lenses work, and the benefits they offer. Prescription contacts are available to correct the problem of astigmatism. At AssureVision in Arlington Heights and Barrington, IL, we provide contact lenses to improve the vision of our patients with astigmatism.
What Is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a common type of refractive error from a cornea irregularity. Normally, the eye has a round shape that allows images to be accurately sent to the retina at the back for processing by the optic nerve. However, some people have an eye shape that is more of an oval, distorting the cornea's image to the retina and brain. Correcting astigmatism involves changing the shape of the images received by the cornea so that they can be seen more clearly.
Types of Contacts to Correct Astigmatism
Our optometrist offers several types of contacts to correct astigmatism. Toric lenses are specially weighted contacts that allow the lens to adjust to the cornea's irregular shape. These lenses come in several types. Your eye exam will inform our eye doctor which lens is best for you. The soft contact lens is suitable for mild astigmatism, but cannot correct severe forms. Rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses are another type of contact to correct astigmatism. These are often recommended for severe astigmatism. In addition, hybrid lenses have a hard center for vision clarity and softer edges for greater comfort.
Contacts to Correct Astigmatism While You Sleep
There is a method of reshaping the cornea of the eyes while you sleep called orthokeratology. This process involves wearing hard lenses during the night until sufficient reshaping has occurred to provide clear vision. Then, these lenses are worn less frequently. Our eye doctor will examine your eyes to determine if orthokeratology is effective in helping you see more clearly.
Visit AssureVision for Prescription Contacts
The correct prescription contacts can help you see all your work and recreational activities more clearly. AssureVision provides our patients with a wide range of optical services in Arlington Heights and Barrington, IL. Contact Arlington Heights at 847-368-9999 or Barrington at 224-407-2020 for an appointment to learn how prescription contacts can help improve your vision.