Q. I have astigmatism. Can I opt for a regular contact lens and will it cause any damage?

Answered by
Dr. Manjunath Natarajan
and medically reviewed by Dr. Nithila A
Published on Apr 30, 2019

Hello doctor,

I have a very blurred vision due to high eye grade and astigmatism. My left eye is 225, and the right eye is 675. I am planning to get a pair of contact lenses, but the special lenses are a bit pricey. Will it damage my eyesight if I am going to choose regular contact lenses?

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Ophthalmology (Eye Care)
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

In general, contact lenses are only meant for occasional use and cannot be used every day. In case you meant the special lenses have higher oxygen permeability and help your cornea stay healthy, please go ahead with those. The best option to remain permanently free from glasses is refractive surgery.

If your power has been stable for around a year, I will recommend that you see your ophthalmologist for SMILE (small incision lenticule extraction) or PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) than using contact lenses for a long term. In case you need further information, please let me know.

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