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A Closer Look at Astigmatism and Contact Lenses

Have you considered contact lenses as an option to correct astigmatism? An eye with astigmatism has a differently shaped cornea, and that means that light entering your eye through the cornea struggles to come to a single focal point on the retina, resulting in blurred vision.

Contact lenses that fix this condition, known as toric contact lenses, are constructed from exactly the same material as regular spherical contact lenses. Toric lenses are designed differently from regular lenses. Regular lenses have just one power, but toric lenses have two: one for distance vision and one for astigmatism. They are designed with curvatures at different angles. Compared with regular lenses, which can freely shift and have no effect on your vision, toric lenses must stay in place. A smart feature of toric lenses is the fact that they’re heavier at the bottom, which helps them stay put when you blink or rub your eyes.

There are a number of scheduling options for toric contact lens wearers, including soft disposable contact lenses, daily disposable lenses, and frequent replacement lenses. Toric lenses are also available as color contact lenses, and as multifocal lenses. Hard contact lenses, also called rigid gas permeable lenses, have a stronger shape which helps them stay in place, but they aren’t always as comfortable as soft lenses. Together, we can find the best brand to suit your eyes.

Toric lens fittings often take longer than normal lens fittings. This is because it’s a more complex product, and we want to make sure that you leave with a pair that fits you perfectly. It might sound a little daunting, but it’s well worth the end result; effective treatment. Getting the right product will only improve your vision, and thus your everyday life.