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Home » What's New » A Closer Look at Astigmatism and Contact Lenses

A Closer Look at Astigmatism and Contact Lenses

Are you aware that there are contact lenses especially made to fix your astigmatism? Firstly, what’s astigmatism, anyway? An eye with astigmatism has an irregularly shaped cornea, which changes how light enters the eye. The light doesn’t hit the retina properly, which drastically changes one’s ability to see clearly.

The lenses eye doctors use to correct astigmatism are known as toric contact lenses. Toric lenses are designed differently from regular lenses. Think of them as almost like the bifocals of contact lenses; they contain one power to fix your myopia or hyperopia and another for your astigmatism. Due to their particular design, toric lenses need to remain in place on your eye in order to correct your vision, as opposed to normal contact lenses, which have no effect if they rotate on your eye when you blink. Toric lenses are actually ballasted on the bottom, and this helps them stay in place on your eye.

Toric lenses come as soft disposable contact lenses, daily disposable lenses, and frequent replacement lenses. If you like to wear multifocal or even colored lenses, there are toric lenses made to suit your needs too. Rigid gas permeable lenses (RGP, or hard contact lenses) are made from a harder material that keeps their shape even when you rub your eyes or blink, and might provide sharper vision than other lenses. But the disadvantage is that they are often less comfortable to wear. Together, we’ll be able to find the most suitable lens type for your eyes.

Because toric lenses are a little more complex, expect the fitting to take a little more time. This all might seem like a bit of effort, but it’s well worth the end result; getting treated, glasses-free. Getting the right product will only improve your vision, and consequently, your quality of life.

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