A survey sponsored by Bausch & Lomb has found that more than 40 per cent of people who suffer from astigmatism do not believe they can wear contact lenses.
Astigmatism, according to the Mayo Clinic, is an imperfection in the eye"s curvature, which can cause blurred vision at all distances and can be corrected by surgery or the use of Contact lenses.
The online survey of 993 consumers with astigmatism, which was carried out by Decision Analyst, found that some 178 respondents had worn contact lenses in the past and that 150 had never worn contacts.
However, it found that around 70 per cent would be willing to try contact lenses for the first time, while half of those who had worn them before would be willing to try them again if they were available.
Private eyecare practitioner Thomas G Quinn said he found it surprising that so many people with astigmatism were unaware of advances made in the field of contact lenses.
"This is particularly remarkable in light of excellent clinical results and clinical studies that demonstrate today"s astigmatic correcting lenses are quite effective in providing clear, comfortable vision," he said.
contact lenses for people with astigmatism are available for monthly, bi-weekly and even daily wear.
by Adrian Galbreth