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Astigmatism Doesn’t Rule Out Contact Lenses

Have you ever wondered about contact lenses as a method of correcting your astigmatism? To begin, what is astigmatism? An eye with astigmatism has an oddly shaped cornea, which means that light entering your eye through the cornea isn't able to come to a single focal point on the retina, resulting in blurred vision.

Toric contact lenses can rectify this condition. What separates these from regular lenses is the design. As opposed to regular lenses, which have one power throughout the lens, toric lenses have two different powers; one for astigmatism, and one to fix myopia or hyperopia. They feature curvatures at different angles. Compared with regular lenses, which can freely move around on your eye and have no effect on your vision, toric lenses need to stay in place. However, lenses for astigmatism are smartly designed with this issue in mind, and they are weighted slightly at the bottom, which prevents them from moving around.

Just like regular lenses, toric lenses are available as soft disposable contact lenses, daily disposable lenses, and frequent replacement lenses. And folks with astigmatism need not worry about options; toric lenses even come in color, or as multifocals. Hard contact lenses, also called rigid gas permeable lenses, provide a firmer shape which allows them to stay put when you blink, but usually, they're a little less agreeable to wear than soft lenses. Together, we'll be able to find the most suitable lens type for your eyes.

Fittings for toric lenses may sometimes need more time than regular contact lens fittings, due to the relative complexity of the lens. It might seem like a bit of effort, 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 consequently, your quality of life.