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Astigmatism and Contact Lenses

Author: Debbi Bennett, ABOC, NCLE-AC

Debra Bennett has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. The content and format of this course is presented without commercial bias and does not claim superiority of any commercial product or service.

Course Summary

For a variety of reasons explored in this course, many patients gain advantages when their astigmatism is corrected with the use of contact lenses rather than eyeglasses. The types of astigmatism a patient might have, and the types of corrections are covered in this course to expand the knowledge of the contact lens dispenser. Multiple subjects are covered in the course, including lens needs assessment, design features, and other topics related to toric lenses. The course concludes with benefits, complications, and fitting considerations for the astigmatic patient.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the types of astigmatism a patient might have
  • Detect if a spherical or a toric contact lens would be required
  • Compare the types of corrections available to the eye care stabilization techniques
  • Determine which type of lens will work best for the patient
  • Assess which design features to incorporate
  • Define the verification procedures to analyze finished lenses

Course Assessment

There is a 40-question test at the end of the course. A successful passing score of 80% is required on all ABO-NLCE continuing education courses in order to earn the designated number of credits. You will know your grade instantly after completing the course.