Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a condition in which the eye develops an uneven curvature in the refractive surfaces, most often the cornea, but sometimes in the lens itself. This means that light does not pass evenly or properly through the eye, distorting vision. This condition can be diagnosed using a series of tests designed to determine how the eye bends light or achieves refraction.


At Family Eye Optometry in Chico, astigmatism is among the most common conditions we treat. There are a number of proven and effective ways to treat this condition, and one of the best options is corrective contact lenses.

Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Once your optometrist has successfully diagnosed astigmatism, treatment can begin. In some cases, refractive surgery may be used. However, the application of non-invasive lenses is often the preferred route.

Corrective lenses can be made after a thorough examination of the eye. The defects of the eye caused by astigmatism will need to be modeled and represented in the lenses themselves. Your corrective lenses will reverse the distortion of light caused by your astigmatism. There are two types of lenses available: traditional glasses and contact lenses.

Glasses and Contacts for Astigmatism

Sometimes the choice between glasses or contacts will be recommended based on the type or severity of the astigmatism. But in most cases, the choice will be up to you.

Corrective Glasses

After a complete eye exam, corrective eyeglasses can be made that will counteract the improper refraction of light produced by astigmatism. Not limited to merely correcting astigmatism, your specially made prescription glasses can also be designed to correct for farsightedness or nearsightedness, just like any other set of prescription lenses. Furthermore, your special corrective glasses can be made to fit any type and style of frame you like.

Corrective Contacts

In some cases of astigmatism, contacts cannot be used. However, if your condition allows it, contacts can be made to correct the improper refraction of light, just like traditional glasses. Special contact lenses can also be made for a therapy known as orthokeratology. This treatment involves wearing specialized contacts at night that will change the exterior shape of the eye. This can be done for as long as needed or until the eye returns to its normal shape.

Contact Family Eye Optometry in Chico, CA

To learn more about the available treatments for astigmatism, get in touch with Family Eye Optometry in Chico by calling us today at (530) 899-3939 . Our caring and professional staff is standing by, ready to help.

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