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Focusing on Astigmatism and Contact Lenses

Have you ever thought about contact lenses as an option to correct astigmatism? Generally, the cornea is round, but the cornea of someone with astigmatism is more elliptical. This alters how light hits the retina, and results in blurred vision.

Toric contact lenses are prescribed to rectify astigmatism. Toric lenses have a design that differs from that of regular lenses. As opposed to typical 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 have curvatures at various angles. Because of their multiple powers, toric lenses must remain in place on your eye. This is different from normal lenses, which can shift slightly without affecting your sight. A handy feature of toric lenses is the fact that they’re heavier at the bottom, which helps them stay in place when you blink or rub your eyes.

There are multiple scheduling options for toric contact lens users, including soft disposable contact lenses, daily disposable lenses, and frequent replacement lenses. If you prefer multifocal or even colored lenses, then don’t worry, there are toric lenses for you. Rigid gas permeable lenses (RGP, or hard contact lenses) are made from a harder material that remains in form even when you blink, and sometimes give even sharper vision than soft lenses. However, they are often not as comfortable to wear. Together, we can find the most suitable brand for your eyes.

Toric lens fittings are usually longer than normal lens fittings. This is because it’s a more complex product, and we want to make sure that you leave with a pair that fits you perfectly. It might sound a little daunting, but it’s worth the end result; getting treated, glasses-free. Being fitted with the right product will only improve your vision, and thus your everyday life.