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Focusing on Astigmatism and Contact Lenses

If you have astigmatism and you don't wear contacts, then listen up. Contact lenses can actually be a way to correct the condition. The cornea of a normally sighted person is spherical, but the cornea of someone with astigmatism is more oval-shaped, almost like a football. This seemingly minor detail actually alters how light enters the eye, and as a result, vision is blurred.

Toric contact lenses are used to fix astigmatism. The most obvious difference between these and regular lenses is the design. Regular lenses have one power, but toric lenses have two: one for distance vision and one for astigmatism. Because of their unique design, these lenses must stay in place on your eye in order to correct your vision, as opposed to regular contact lenses, which have no effect if they rotate on your eye when you blink. But toric lenses are cleverly designed with this in mind, and they are a little heavier at the bottom, which helps them stay in place.

There are multiple scheduling options for toric contact lens users, including 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, also called rigid gas permeable lenses, have a firmer shape which allows them to stay put when you blink, but they aren't always as comfortable as soft lenses. Rest assured, there's a contact lens which perfectly suits your requirements, and together, we'll find it for you.

Fittings for toric lenses may often need more time than regular contact lens fittings, due to the relative complexity of the lens. It might sound a little daunting, 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.