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Focusing on Astigmatism and Contact Lenses

If you have astigmatism and you think you can’t wear contacts, you’re mistaken. Contact lenses are actually a method of correcting the condition. The cornea is ordinarily spherical, but when you have astigmatism, it’s more elliptical. This alters the way light enters the eye, and results in blurred vision.

Toric contact lenses are prescribed to fix astigmatism. The biggest difference between these and regular contact lenses is the design. Regular lenses have one power, but toric lenses have two: one for distance vision and one for astigmatism. They are designed with curvatures at different angles. Due to their multiple powers, toric lenses need to stay in place on your eye. This is different from regular lenses, which can move around on your eye and not affect your sight. A great feature of astigmatism-correcting lenses is the fact that they’re weighted at the bottom, which helps them stay in place when you blink or rub your eyes.

Just like regular lenses, toric lenses are available as soft disposable contact lenses, daily disposable lenses, and frequent replacement lenses. If you prefer colored or multifocal lenses, then don’t worry, there are toric lenses made to suit your needs too. Hard contact lenses, also called rigid gas permeable lenses, provide a stronger shape which helps them stay in place, but they aren’t always as comfortable as soft lenses. .

Toric lens fittings often take longer than regular lens fittings. This is because it’s a more complex product, and we want to make sure you’re fitted just right. Still, with constant growth in the field of optometry, individuals with astigmatism have lots of life-improving options to choose from.