If you have astigmatism and you think you can’t wear contacts, you’re mistaken. Contact lenses can actually be a way to correct the condition. The cornea is normally spherical, but when you have astigmatism, it’s more oval-shaped, almost like a football. This affects how light hits the retina, and results in blurred vision.
Toric contact lenses are used to fix this condition. The biggest difference between toric lenses and common lenses is the design. Normal lenses have one power, but toric lenses have two: one for distance vision and one for astigmatism. Because of their unique design, these lenses must stay in place on your eye in order to correct your vision, as opposed to regular contact lenses, which have no effect if they rotate on your eye when you blink. But lenses for astigmatism are smartly designed with this issue in mind, and they are weighted slightly at the bottom, which stops them from moving around.
Toric lenses come as 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, 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. There’s a contact lens which perfectly suits your unique needs, and your eye care professional will help you find it.
Toric lens fittings are usually 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. But it’s worth it. With constant growth in eyewear technology, individuals with astigmatism can take advantage of the benefits of contact lenses, with many options to choose from.