Just like nearsightedness and farsightedness, astigmatism can be corrected by wearing a pair of eyeglasses, through a refractive surgery, and by wearing contact lenses for astigmatism.
Toric Contact Lenses for Astigmatism Correction
Astigmatism requires an added cylinder lens power in order to correct this condition, aside from the spherical lens power that were used to correct nearsightedness and farsightedness. If you choose to wear soft toric contact lenses for astigmatism correction, then your contact lens prescription must include a sphere power, a cylinder power as well as axis designation.
Rigid Gas Permeable Contacts
Rigid gas permeable contact lenses are also being used to correct patients with astigmatic eye. This is due to the fact that such lenses are rigid in nature and could optically replace the cornea, and work as a refracting surface of the eye. Its cylinder power and axis may or may not be needed, but this will depend on the type as well as the severity of the required astigmatism correction.
LASIK Surgery Is Also an Option
Patients with astigmatic eyes are not only limited to wearing eye glasses or contact lenses. They can also choose to undergo refractive surgery, like LASIK, in order to correct their eye condition. These refractive surgeries are guaranteed to cure almost all types of astigmatism, although the surgery could cost you a fortune. It is best to discuss with your eye doctor in advance to know which surgery procedure is best for you.