We uncover the truth about astigmatism and let you in on a super simple contact lens fix that’ll have you seeing the world in a better (and sharper) light.
It’s funny how we take our sense of sight for granted until we start seeing double. But less-than-clear vision doesn’t necessarily come from being short-sighted: Myopia’s lesser-known cousin, astigmatism, is more common than you think. Did you know? 47% of Singaporeans suffer from it, with symptoms including headaches, eye strain, blurry vision and experiencing halos and starbursts when looking at bright lights at night. Here are more myths about this condition that you should understand…
Myth 1: Astigmatism is just a minor problem
If you think this issue is something you can brush off, think again. Just like how you would get prescription contact lenses to correct myopia, astigmatism is a refractive error with a degree that can be diagnosed by an optometrist, and it needs to be corrected for clear vision. Even a minor condition can affect daily tasks like driving and spotting the bus you’re waiting for… sure sounds an awful lot like myopia, doesn’t it? Well, it’s essential to take this condition as seriously as the latter!
Myth 2: Astigmatism can only be corrected with glasses
Maybe you’re keeping your fingers crossed that you don’t have astigmatism because you like how contact lenses don’t slide down your nose every time you go for a run. But, worry not: Contrary to popular belief, contact lenses also have the ability to correct astigmatism. So nope, you don’t have to ditch your contact lenses in favour of specs if you suffer from the condition – go ahead and breathe that sigh of relief.
Myth 3: You can tell if you have astigmatism
Yes and no. If the degree is low enough, you may not recognise that you’re suffering from astigmatism. That said, it’s definitely not accurate to judge your eye health by guesswork alone. You’ll need a check at the optometrist to find out if you have the condition and to what extent.
Figured out your astigmatism degree? The next step is to correct it. Today, we’re spotlighting an ultra-convenient contact lens from Acuvue that will banish your vision woes…
Wear: Acuvue OASYS 1-Day for Astigmatism
Astigmatism can cause eye discomfort, so avoid aggravating it by using a fresh pair of daily contact lenses every day. These Acuvue Oasys 1-Day for Astigmatism contact lenses boast a HydraLuxe technology that keeps your eyes’ tear film moist and comfortable. The in-built eyelid stabilising function also means the contact lens is smartly designed to keep itself in the perfect position all day for clear, sharp vision. The cherry on top is the contact lens’ UV blocking abilities that shield your eyes from over 99% of UVB and 97% of UVA rays – giving your eyes sharp, stable and comfortable vision all day long!
Keen to try these contact lenses out for yourself? Get your eyes checked for astigmatism at your optometrist and head to Acuvue’s Qoo10 page for exclusive deals.
This post is in partnership with Acuvue.