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Toric Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Have you considered contact lenses as a way to correct astigmatism? The cornea of a normally sighted person is spherical, but when you have astigmatism, it's more elliptical. This seemingly minor detail actually changes the way light hits the retina, and results in blurred vision.

Toric contact lenses are used to fix astigmatism. What separates these from regular lenses is the design. Think of them as almost like the bifocals of contact lenses; they contain one power for your distance vision issues and another for your astigmatism. They are designed with curvatures at various angles. Due to their particular design, these lenses must remain in place on your eye in order to correct your vision, as opposed to regular contact lenses, where lens movement caused by actions like blinking have no effect on your vision. Contact lenses for astigmatism are therefore ballasted on the bottom, and this helps them stay in place on your eye.

Toric lenses are available as soft disposable contact lenses, daily disposable lenses, and frequent replacement lenses. And folks with astigmatism have no shortage of options; toric lenses even come in color, or as multifocals. Rigid gas permeable lenses (RGP, or hard contact lenses) are made from a firmer material that remains in form when you blink, and sometimes provide even better vision than other lenses. But they are usually not as comfortable to wear. There's a contact lens which perfectly suits your unique needs, and your eye care professional will find it for you.

When it's time for your toric lens fitting, it's going to take some time, due to the complexity of the product. This all might sound a little daunting, but it's well worth the end result; getting treated, glasses-free. Being fitted with the best product for you will only improve your vision, and thus your quality of life.