Many people with astigmatism are under the impression that they can’t wear contact lenses. It may come as a surprise to know that there’s actually a unique sort of contact lens that corrects astigmatism. Firstly, what is astigmatism? An eye with astigmatism has an irregularly shaped cornea (football-shaped, unlike a normal cornea, which is round), and that changes how light enters the eye. It’s not able to hit the retina properly, which dramatically affects one’s ability to see clearly.
Toric contact lenses can correct this condition. What separates these from regular contact lenses is the design. Normal lenses have just one power, but toric lenses have two: one for myopia or hyperopia and one for astigmatism. They feature curvatures at various angles. Compared with regular lenses, which can freely shift and have no effect on your vision, toric lenses need to stay in place. A great feature of astigmatism-correcting lenses is the fact that they’re heavier at the bottom, which helps them stay put when you blink or rub your eyes.
Toric lenses come as soft disposable contact lenses, daily disposable lenses, and frequent replacement lenses. If you like to wear colored or multifocal contact lenses, there are toric lenses for you. Hard contact lenses are made from a harder substance that keeps their form when you rub your eyes or blink, and sometimes provide better vision than soft lenses. But they are usually less comfortable. Rest assured, there’s a contact lens which perfectly suits your needs, and we’ll help you find it.
When it’s time for your toric lens fitting, it’s going to take some time, due to the complexity of the product. But it’s worth it. With constant improvements in the field of optometry, individuals with astigmatism can take advantage of the benefits of contact lenses, with many options to choose from.