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Toric Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

If you are someone with astigmatism and you don’t wear contact lenses, then you’ll be interested to hear this. Contact lenses can actually be a way to correct the condition. The cornea is ordinarily round, but when you have astigmatism, it’s more elliptical. This affects how light enters the eye, and as a result, vision is blurry.

The lenses eye doctors use to correct astigmatism are known as toric contact lenses. Toric lenses have a design that is different from that of regular lenses. Normal lenses have just one power, but toric lenses have two: one for distance vision and one for astigmatism. They feature curvatures at different angles. Due to their multiple powers, toric lenses need to remain in place on your eye. This is not the case with regular lenses, which can move around on your eye and not affect your sight. A smart feature of astigmatism-correcting lenses is the fact that they’re heavier at the bottom, which helps them stay in place when you blink or rub your eyes.

Just like regular lenses, 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 are made from a firmer material that remains in shape even when you rub your eyes or blink, and sometimes provide better vision than other lenses. But the downside is that they are often less comfortable. Together, we can find the best brand to suit your eyes.

Toric contact lens fittings may sometimes require more time than the regular lens fittings you might be accustomed to, because of the relative complexity of the lens. Still, with advances in eye care, individuals with astigmatism can take advantage of the benefits of contact lenses, with many options to choose from.

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