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Contacts for Astigmatism - Why You Might Need Them

Updated on December 8, 2012
Are your contact lenses right for you?
Are your contact lenses right for you?

Ordinary contact lenses need not work for everyone

I am not going to give out a boring lecture here on what astigmatism is and why contacts for astigmatism is essential for some people. Ok, maybe later on I will just do a brief introductory piece on what astigmatism really is. But the point of this hub is to make people aware that normal contact lenses need not always correct your vision. Yes, your doctor might have prescribed them but what I have found is that most doctors will tell you getting contacts for astigmatism is not really necessary. For people like me suffering from astigmatism, normal lenses might be able to give you a somewhat mediocre vision.. not a precise, crystal clear one! You blink and your lenses seem to move around a bit, and your vision seems hazy. This is what I experienced and wherever I went doctors gave me a prescription for normal contact lenses. Mind you, my vision was perfectly clear when I used spectacles and there was a time when I thought that I won't be able to get rid of my glasses. Felt so unfair!

I happened to read about contacts for astigmatism online and decided no matter what the doctor tells me ("your astigmatism is not severe, you'll be able to adjust with normal lenses") I'm going to be firm about getting them. Now I enjoy a perfectly clear vision and I'm thankful for stressing on the need for getting toric lenses.

What is Astigmatism?

So what is astigmatism? Astigmatism is an eye defect which causes blurred vision because of irregular shaping of the cornea. In astigmatism, the cornea is not the usual round shape but rather shaped more like a football or a doughnut.

A Myth and Truth

Myth:

"Contacts for astigmatism can be uncomfortable" : I never experienced any discomfort. In fact, I felt the usage quite hassle-free given that the lenses didn't keep moving around whenever I blinked.

Truth:

"Contacts for astigmatism are expensive" : Now this is true! Doesn't come cheap, but if you are like me and you are willing to cough up that extra dough go for it by all means.

Astigmatism and Contact Lenses

The Best Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Personally I prefer using Acuvue lenses. I have been using Acuvue's contacts for astigmatism for a long time now and I find them really comfortable.

Acuvue's Oasys is unfortunately not available on Amazon but you can buy these lenses for astigmatism online for the lowest price here.


Buying Contact Lenses Online

I used to order my contact lenses from the doctor I used to visit but now I realize you can order the lenses in your prescribed power for a much lower rate online.

You can find the lowest prices on contact lenses at 1-800-GET-LENS including contacts for astigmatism.

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