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How is Astigmatism treated?


Astigmatism can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Many people with astigmatism believe that they can’t wear contact lenses, or that only rigid contact lenses (RGPs) can correct astigmatism ? but this is no longer true. Now there are soft lens designs that correct astigmatism; they are called toric contact lenses. Toric lenses have a special correction built into them and may also contain a prescription for nearsightedness or farsightedness if you need it. While soft torics work well for many people, if you have severe astigmatism, you’ll likely do better with RGP contacts or eyeglasses. Your eyecare practitioner will advise you. Depending on the type and severity of your astigmatism, you may also be able to have it corrected with refractive surgery. Discuss with your eye doctor which procedure is best to correct your astigmatism, and review your options in our Vision Correction corner .