If you are someone with astigmatism and you think you can’t wear contacts, you’re mistaken. Contact lenses are actually a method of correcting the condition. An eye with astigmatism has a differently shaped cornea (football-shaped, unlike a normal cornea, which is spherical), and that means that light entering your eye through the cornea struggles to come to a single focal point on the retina, resulting in blurred vision.
Toric contact lenses are used to correct this condition. Toric lenses are constructed differently from regular lenses. Think of them as almost like the bifocals of contact lenses; they have a power to fix your near or far sightedness and another for your astigmatism. Due to their particular design, these lenses must remain in place on your eye in order to correct your vision, as opposed to normal contact lenses, where lens movement due to actions like blinking have no effect on your vision. However, toric lenses are smartly designed with this issue in mind, and they are weighted slightly at the bottom, which prevents them from moving around.
There are multiple scheduling options for toric contact lens wearers, including soft disposable contact lenses, daily disposable lenses, and frequent replacement lenses. And those with astigmatism need not worry about options; toric lenses also come in color, or as multifocals. Hard contact lenses, also called rigid gas permeable lenses, are made from a material that gives them a firmer shape which helps them stay in place, but they aren’t always as comfortable as soft lenses. Rest assured, there’s a contact lens which is just right for you.
Toric contact lens fittings may sometimes take up more time than the regular lens fittings you might be accustomed to, due to the fact that these lenses are a little more complex. It might seem like a bit of effort, but it’s worth the end result; effective treatment. Being fitted with the best product for you will only improve your vision, and thus your quality of life.