Astigmatism and you
April 6, 2010 9:03 AM Subscribe
I'd like to buy contact lenses online, but the optometrist threw in a new twist. Astigmatism.
posted by squeak to Shopping (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm confused, I've never been told I had an astigmatism in the past and, have worn normal, run of the mill, extended wear soft contact lenses for years without issue. When I asked him about it he said it wasn't possible to develop a slightly warped cornea. Is it?
I was told at the office I would need to be specially fitted for one in my right eye before having a prescription for them filled. When I try entering my prescription into the fields at some of the online retailers parts of their required information doesn't jive with the numbers I have; like axis which goes up in increments of five, but my axis numbers fall between theirs eg: 78 and 122. The other number that has me scratching my head is base curve.
Do I need to be specially fitted for a contact lens? What do I need to know about buying toric lenses online? Is it even possible to buy them online considering my prescription? If anyone who's gone though this can help me navigate this process, including any additional information I might need from my optometrist, it would be highly appreciated.