FAQs About Contact Lenses

I have astigmatism - can I wear soft lenses?
Yes. You may have been told that soft lenses do not correct astigmatism in the past, but this is no longer the case. There is a special type of soft lens called a "Toric" lens which is designed with different curvatures on the front and back to compensate for the astigmatism. They are more difficult to fit and a lot more difficult to manufacture, therefore tend to be more expensive than standard soft lenses but are widely available now - you can even get monthly disposable toric lenses.

What are contact lenses?
What are "Hard" and "Soft" lenses?
Why does the cornea need Oxygen?
What are high water content lenses?
Why aren't all soft lenses high water content?
Do gas permeable contact lenses absorb water?
Which lenses are best?
What is astigmatism?
I have astigmatism - can I wear soft lenses?
What is presbyopia?
I have presbyopia - can I wear contact lenses?
What are disposable lenses?
Why are contact lens solutions needed?
Do I need to use protein-removing tablets?
Which solution is best for my lenses?
I've been told not to wear my lenses when in an aeroplane - why?
Can I swim in my contact lenses?
Do I still need spectacles if I wear contact lenses?
What is the difference between tinted and coloured lenses?

See also:
All About Contact Lenses
All About Vision
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