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Contact Lenses for Astigmatism at Kopolow & Girisgen Doctors of Optometry

For many people with simple refractive errors such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, getting fitted with effective contact lenses is almost as easy as "buying off the rack." But individuals who suffer from astigmatism may face some special challenges if they want to correct their vision with contacts instead of eyeglasses. The good news is that those challenges can be overcome here at Kopolow & Girisgen Doctors of Optometry. Our Las Vegas clinic can provide advanced contact lens options that can help people with astigmatism.

man with astigmatism wearing contact lenses

What Is Astigmatism?

Nearly a third of the U.S. population is estimated to have some degree of astigmatism. But as common as this condition are, it's somewhat more complicated than other common refractive errors. Nearsightedness and farsightedness, for example, are simply the result of a misshapen eyeball, while presbyopia is the result of the eye's lens become stiffer and harder to focus. Astigmatism generally involves a deformation of the cornea (although sometimes it is the lens that is less than perfectly formed). The cornea is supposed to be perfectly smooth -- but in astigmatism, "dents" or other irregularities spoil the refraction of incoming light, blurring vision at all distances.

Why do regular contacts lenses struggle with astigmatism? One reason is that soft contacts take on the form of the corneas beneath them, which means that they do nothing to compensate for those irregular spots. Even if they did, they tend to rotate as you blink, shifting any specific corrections out of position.

Specialized Contacts Offer Options

If you're determined to correct your astigmatism with contact lenses, our team at Kopolow & Girisgen Doctors of Optometry can help. Among our inventory of "hard to fit" contacts are several options that do a great job with this frustrating refractive error. Your ideal contacts may turn out to be:

  • Toric contacts - Toric contacts don't shift on the corneas when you blink because they're specially shaped and weighted to stay put. 
  • GP contacts - GP (gas permeable) contacts are rigid lenses that maintain a constant curve even when they're sitting on top of irregular corneas.
  • Hybrid contacts - If you find GP contacts less than ideally comfortable on the eyes, our hybrid contacts have a GP center and a soft rim.
  • Scleral contacts - Scleral contacts vault over the entire cornea in a smooth, rigid curve for superb astigmatism correction, even in extreme conditions such as keratoconus.

Get Your Contact Lenses at Our Las Vegas Optometry Clinic

Don't let astigmatism prevent you from wearing contact lenses. Call our Las Vegas optometry clinic at either of our locations!