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Can I get contact lenses with astigmatism? Answers from your Calgary Optometry Centre

Astigmatism might be limiting in some ways, but you are not limited when it comes to contacts. Thankfully, there are numerous designs out there today that are suitable for individuals suffering from astigmatism. Typically, your optometrist will recommend a softer lens, which is a toric lens with a weighted ballast to prevent lens rotation.
Before you go out and buy just any type of contact lens, it is best to understand what your condition is and how contact lenses affect it.


What is Astigmatism and How Do You Get It?


Astigmatism is an eye condition that comes from your cornea or lens when it is stretched into an irregular shape. These areas are supposed to be round; therefore, when they are irregular, you most likely have an oblong shape to them. The oval shape causes a refractive error, which distorts how light enters your eye and makes images blurry.
The cause of astigmatism is unknown to this day, but often it is genetic. If you have astigmatism, it is likely that someone else in your family (or multiple individuals) also have it.
Astigmatism can happen at any age, and you may be short-sighted or long-sighted (nearsighted or farsighted). You may not realize you have astigmatism right away either. Sometimes, you may have symptoms like:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Squinting your eyes frequently
  • Pain in your eye muscle

Can You Correct Astigmatism?


Yes, you can. Once your optometrist in Calgary NW confirms that you have astigmatism, they may have recommended glasses or toric contact lenses.
Toric contact lenses are soft, and they compensate for the shape differences in your eye. They allow proper amounts of light to focus on the retina so that you no longer have blurred vision. If you are nearsighted or farsighted and have astigmatism, the toric lenses will correct both issues.
Toric contact lenses are different from standard lenses because they are thicker at the bottom and prevent your lens from rotating. Your Calgary optometry centre will need to special order these lenses, but they are easily acquired.


If you have noticed the signs of astigmatism or you have been diagnosed with this vision problem, visit your Calgary eye centre at Crowfoot Vision. We can fit you for contact lenses that will remove blurring and allow clarity of vision. We have access to a variety of toric lens designs so that you have a comfortable fit.


Toric lenses come in numerous types; therefore, it is essential that you book an appointment with our Calgary optometry centre to be fitted for your astigmatism contact lens. Never order these products online without a prescription or seeing an eye doctor first.


Crowfoot Vision is ready to help you get rid of eyewear and enjoy contact lenses, even if you have astigmatism. Visit the optometry team at our Calgary eye centre. Contact us by phone at 403-241-3000 for more information. You are also welcome to visit us or fill out our easy online contact form today. 

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