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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 can actually be a way to correct the condition. A typical cornea is spherical, but in the case of someone with astigmatism, it's more oval-shaped, almost like a football. This seemingly minor feature actually affects how light enters the eye, and results in blurred vision.

Contact lenses designed to correct this condition, which are called toric contact lenses, are manufactured from exactly the same material as regular lenses. The most stark difference between toric lenses and regular lenses is the design. Normal lenses have one power, but toric lenses have two: one for distance vision and one for astigmatism. In contrast to regular lenses, which can easily move around on your eye and have no effect on your vision, toric lenses need to stay in place. Toric lenses are actually ballasted on the bottom, and this helps them stay in place on your eye.

There are a number of scheduling options for toric contact lens wearers, including soft disposable contact lenses, daily disposable lenses, and frequent replacement lenses. If you prefer multifocal or even colored lenses, there are toric lenses made to suit your needs too. Hard contact lenses, also called rigid gas permeable lenses, provide a firmer shape which helps them stay in place, but they aren't always as comfortable as soft lenses. There's a contact lens which perfectly suits your needs, and together, we'll find it for you.

Fittings for toric lenses might sometimes require more time than regular contact lens fittings, because of the relative complexity of the lens. But it's worth it. With constant growth in the field of optometry, those with astigmatism can take advantage of the benefits of contact lenses, with many options to choose from.