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A Closer Look at 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. Astigmatism means that your eye has an irregularly shaped cornea, and that alters how light enters the eye. The light doesn't come to a proper focal point on the retina, which drastically changes one's ability to see clearly.

The lenses used to correct astigmatism are called toric contact lenses. Toric lenses have a design that is different from that of regular lenses. Regular lenses have just one power, but toric lenses have two: one for distance vision and one for astigmatism. They have curvatures at different angles. In contrast to regular lenses, which can easily shift and have no effect on your vision, toric lenses must stay in place. Contact lenses for astigmatism are actually weighted on the bottom, and this helps them stay in place on your eye.

There are multiple scheduling options for toric contact lens wearers, 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 we'll help you find it.

Due to the fact that toric lenses are a little more complex, you should factor in some extra time for your fitting. Still, 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.

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