Astigmatism and Your Prescription
If your astigmatism is mild and doesn’t cause significant problems with your vision, and you don’t have any other vision issues requiring a prescription, you probably won’t even need glasses or contact lenses. However, many people with astigmatism are also nearsighted or farsighted. So if you already wear prescription glasses or contact lenses, correction for your astigmatism can simply be added to your prescription.
Contacts and Astigmatism
Contact lenses that correct astigmatism are called toric lenses. The eye exam for astigmatism contact lenses may take longer than for other contact lenses, and you may need to try more than one pair of lenses to find a brand and type that doesn’t rotate too much and feels comfortable on your eye. Therefore, both the exam and the lenses typically cost more than regular contact lenses.
How Much Will Contact Lenses for Astigmatism Cost?
Depending on the brand, the cost of toric contact lenses will vary.3 It also takes a bit longer to be fitted for toric contact lenses than it does for regular contact lenses, and it may require extra office visits to find the right lenses for you. Therefore, toric lens exams and fittings usually cost somewhat more. Rigid, gas-permeable contact lenses are often an effective way of correcting astigmatism as well.2
Glasses and Astigmatism
If you already wear glasses for nearsightedness or farsightedness, most eye care professionals will recommend adapting your glasses to correct your astigmatism, too. Even if it is mild, it is relatively easy to correct, and there is little reason not to. If you have astigmatism alone and it is severe enough to need correction, glasses should easily solve the problem.
How Much Will Glasses for Astigmatism Cost?
If your eye care professional prescribes corrective lenses to treat your astigmatism, the cost will vary. Designer frames and/or specialty lenses typically cost more than regular glasses. Annual eye exams will ensure that your glasses or contact lenses are the most accurate prescription possible.