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Can Someone with Astigmatism and Presbyopia Wear Contact Lenses?

You went through the hard contact lenses in the 1970s trying to correct your astigmatism and you could not wear those things another day. They sat for years in your medicine cabinet, didn’t they?

Before I answer your question, I need to give you a few factoids.

Contact lenses have been around for more than 100 years. Yes, I said more than 100 years. Many changes have occurred with them since then. Perhaps after you failed with your hard contacts you were told you couldn’t wear contacts at all.  Maybe you had to quit wearing your contacts when you got older and your eyes went through a change. Now you have your bifocal glasses and you feel like you are stuck with them.

Here’s another interesting fact. Among Americans who need vision correction there are around 20 percent wearing contacts. You have heard that they correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, but what if you now have all three? Don’t think your only choice is surgery or eye glasses. Times have changed and so have contact lenses.

Even a few years ago you might have been told that contact lenses for astigmatism, called “toric” contacts did not come in disposable, frequent replacement, multifocal or colored varieties. Those statements are no longer true. If you don’t have a very complex prescription, you can get all the things you need to see clearly.

The first correction is to your astigmatism. Fitting for them, whether you choose toric soft lenses or toric gas permeable lenses, will take longer for your eye care practitioner’s time and he needs to have even more expertise than just for fitting regular contacts.

The next major correction will be correcting both astigmatism and presbyopia. The kind of lens for this is the rigid GP lens even though there are some soft toric brands. Chances are they wouldn’t be what you need.

If you have astigmatism and are interested in wearing contact lenses, visit an eye care practitioner who is comfortable fitting toric lenses to see if they meet your needs and work best for you.

Dr. Ronald J. Martin of VisionHealth Optometry focuses on quality eye care services to family members of all ages. Services include eye exams, contact lens fittings, retinal photography, pre- and post-operative care, and glasses frames and lens selection. Dr. Martin’s office is located at 1440 Medical Center Dr. Suite2, Rohnert Park, CA 94928. He can be reached at 707-206-0290 or email him at questions@vision-health.com.  Visit VisionHealth Optometry online at  http://www.vision-health.com.

Dr. Martin is a member of the California Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, the Redwood Empire Optometric Society, and the Optometry Alumni Association of the University of California.

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