Astigmatism - Contacts

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What is the treatment for astigmatism?

Treatment for astigmatism is tailored to the underlying cause. Most astigmatism is simply corrected with glasses or contact lenses.

Soft contact lenses that correct regular astigmatism are called toric lenses. If the astigmatism correction needed is very high, or if the astigmatism is irregular, rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses may be needed. There are also specialty lenses that can correct the vision in conditions in which the corneas have both irregular astigmatism and an overall unusually steep or flat shape.

Sometimes, laser or surgery may be used to eliminate an astigmatism altogether. With irregular astigmatism, laser or surgery may help alter the cornea's shape to make the astigmatism more "regular," permitting the vision to be more easily correctable with standard glasses or contact lenses.

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