Contact Lenses For Astigmatism In Santa Ana
Some people have vision problems only at specific distances, while others are unfortunate enough to see blurry images when objects are close-up or far away. If you belong to the latter group, you may have a refractive error known as astigmatism. Irregularities at the front of the eye can cause incoming light to be refracted incorrectly at all distance levels. Thankfully, astigmatism can be corrected with contact lenses, just like other refractive errors. Our optometrist at Plaza Optometry in Santa Ana can measure your astigmatism and provide a variety of specialized contact lens styles to help you live a "blur-free" daily life.
The Visual Challenges of Astigmatism
Simple refractive errors, such as farsightedness and nearsightedness, are usually caused by an abnormal eyeball length. A foreshortened eyeball will make near images appear blurry, while an elongated eyeball will impair distance vision. In the case of astigmatism, however, the abnormal shape afflicts either the cornea or the lens of the eye. Pits or other deformations bend the light right at the front of the eye, making all distances look fuzzy.
Astigmatism can be a challenging refractive error to correct. The fact that astigmatism can accompany another type of refractive error can complicate your vision prescription further. Some conditions such as keratoconus, which is when the cornea becomes cone-shaped instead of spherical, can create severe astigmatism and present extra challenges for contact lens wearers.
Contact Lens Options for Irregular Corneas
You'll be glad that you brought your astigmatism issues to Plaza Optometry for vision correction. Our Santa Ana optometrist, Dr. Ali Mohebbi, can evaluate and measure your corneal contours in a separate contact lens exam. We will also check your visual acuity to determine just how severely your astigmatism is affecting your eyesight. If you don't want to correct your astigmatism with glasses, we may recommend contact lens options such as:
- Toric Contacts: These specially shaped and weighted contacts won't rotate on your eye
- Hybrid Or Piggyback Contacts: These contacts combine the accurate correction of rigid gas-permeable contacts with an extra degree of comfort
- Scleral Contacts: These RGP lenses span the entire cornea in one smooth curve to correct keratoconus-based astigmatism
Plaza Optometry Can Help You See More Clearly
Don't let astigmatism put up a barrier between your eyes and a clear view of the world. Call Plaza Optometry in Santa Ana today at 714-557-7800 to schedule an exam and request contact lenses.