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Dr. Tim Conrad
360 doctors shared insights

Contact Lens Use (Definition)

A contact lens is a thin plastic or glass lens that is fitted over the colored part of the eye. It may be used for corrective, cosmetic, or therapeutic purposes. ...Read more


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What is the best type of contact lens for astigmatism?

What is the best type of contact lens for astigmatism?

Toric: There is truly no best type of contact lens for treatment of astigmatism. Toric contact lens is the best. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me which is the top color contact lens for astigmatism?

Can you please tell me which is the top color contact lens for astigmatism?

The best one: Is the one recommended by an experienced contact lens fitter. Just like buying shoes for your feet, you need the one that fits the best. ...Read more

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Can contact lenses correct astigmatism?

Can contact lenses correct astigmatism?

Mostly: Hard lenses can do this for most cases. Thee are a variety of soft toric lenses which also correct astigmatism. ...Read more

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Are there contact lenses for astigmatism of a positive cylinder value?

Are there contact lenses for astigmatism of a positive cylinder value?

Sort of: Astigmatism is recorded in either positive or negative format as to the doctor's preference. Each format can be mathematically converted to other. Contacts are always designated in negative cylinder format. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm a new contact lens wearer with astigmatism and it's uncomfortable in one eye?

Uncomfortable CL: The fit may be poor, or you may have more dryness or allergy in that eye. Try wetting drops first. If that doesn't help, return to your doctor to recheck the fit. Contact lenses have a power, but they also have a fit as a shoe needs to fit your foot. Also, inspect the contact lens itself. Sometimes a contact lens can have a tear, defect, or deposit. Make sure the CL is not inside out. ...Read more

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Do people sellcolor contact lenses for my astigmatism?

Yes: Colored contact lenses are made toric or with astigmatism up to a certain degree. Check with your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Are spherical contact lenses recommended for astigmatisms?

Are spherical contact lenses recommended for astigmatisms?

Depends: On how much astigmatism is present. People with small amounts of astigmatism (usually 1 diopter or less) see well with spherical contact lenses. ...Read more

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Are toric contact lenses effective for my astigmatism?

Are toric contact lenses effective for my astigmatism?

If fit properly: Wearing toric contact lenses is a common way to correct astigmatism. They are comfortable and easy to use. ...Read more

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Will taking 25mg of topomax daily for headaches will it affect my chances of getting contact lenses. I have an astigmatism in both eyes?

No it will not: It will not affect your ability to get contact lenses. However, just a reminder, when you are on topamax (topiramate) you need to be drinking eight glasses of fluid the day so as not to develop kidney stones. You must absolutely avoid dehydration. ...Read more

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Astigmatism and contact lenses, is there a solution?

Yes: There are two good solutions: toric soft contact lenses and rigid contact lenses. Rigid contact lenses work the best but toric soft lenses are more popular. See your eye doctor to discuss your options. ...Read more

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Astigmatism but wants contact lenses?

Readily available: Most manufacturers of contact lenses now have ones available to correct astigmatism. Be mindful that you are entering the presbyopic era (age related difficulty with near vision). See your ophthalmologist for evaluation and lens fitting. ...Read more

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Which level of astigmatism is too high for regular contact lenses?

Up to : 3.5 diopters of astigmatism can be corrected with soft contact lenses. With rigid contacts, any amount of astigmatism can be corrected. ...Read more

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What kinds of contact lenses could I wear if irregular astigmatism?

Gas perms: Irregular astigmatism can be caused by topographic irregularities of the cornea and rigid gas-permeable lenses can help. These can be worn while awake only and for a maximum period of 20 years. ...Read more

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What to do if I have astigmatism, can I wear spherical contact lenses?

Maybe: Generally if you have 1.0 diopter or less of astigmatism, you can see well with spherical contact lenses. If you have 1.25 or more, then contacts that correct the astigmatism may be better. As part of the fitting process, your practitioner can try both types on you to see which works best. ...Read more

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What to do if I have astigmatism, can I use the regular contact lenses?

What to do if I have astigmatism, can I use the regular contact lenses?

Maybe: If you have 1 diopter or less of astigmatism, you can wear regular contact lenses and see well. If you have more than this, then toric lenses (the ones that correct astigmatism) may be better. Try both types when you have your contact lens fitting. ...Read more

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Which types of contact lenses could I wear if I have irregular astigmatism?

Rigid lens: Soft lenses now provide good correction for most regular astigmatism, but will not work well for irregular astigmatism. Gas permeable lenses are better for this problem. Discuss this with the ophthalmologist who diagnosed that your astigmatism is irregular. ...Read more

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What is the most comfortable contact lenses for someone with an astigmatism?

Soft lenses: Soft contact lenses are more comfortable than rigid contact lenses.

However rigid contact lenses are cheaper to own, require less care and provide significantly better vision than soft lenses. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my astigmatism is too high for regular contact lenses?

Toric lenses: If you have more than 1.00 diopter of astigmatism, you probably won't see sharply in standard spherical soft contact lenses. However, you can be fit for either toric soft contacts or rigid gas-permeable (rgp) lenses and achieve excellent vision. ...Read more

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Which type of contact lenses is the best for severe astigmatism (is it RGP)?

Which type of contact lenses is the best for severe astigmatism (is it RGP)?

Lenses: 1: You MUST see an Eye specialist!
2: You must also make an appointment to see a Psychologist given your depression, etc. You will get better!
3: Do you really need all three meds? ...Read more

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What to do if I have astigmatism. Is it okay for me to wear fancy contact lenses (without grades)?

What to do if I have astigmatism. Is it okay for me to wear fancy contact lenses (without grades)?

Maybe: Depending on the amount of astigmatism you have, you may be able to see well enough without wearing toric lenses. Your eye doctor can advise you on this. ...Read more

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Should I use regular glasses or contact lenses if I have mild astigmatism?

Depends: If very mild, you can live with the slight distortion if you have no other refractive problems (myopia or hyperopia). Both glasses and contact lenses can correct astigmatism which is an ovalness of the eye corrected by a reverse oval in the glasses or contacts. Which to use is a personal choice. If needed only occasionally, glasses are the best. If you like the clarity all the time, try contac. ...Read more

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Which contact lenses allow for the best vision for people who have an astigmatism?

Which contact lenses allow for the best vision for people who have an astigmatism?

RGP or Toric: Depending on the level of astigmatism, a spherical rigid lens can neutralize lower levels of astigmatism. Higher levels of astigmatism benefit from toric lenses which are designed to correct astigmatism. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
392 doctors shared insights

Astigmatism (Definition)

An eye condition that causes blurry vision because the eye is unable to focus light to a point and thus unable to produce a sharp ...Read more


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