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Toric Lenses: A Life Changer for Astigmatism

If you have astigmatism and you don't wear contacts, then listen up. Contact lenses are actually a method of correcting the condition. An eye with astigmatism has a differently shaped cornea, which means that light entering your eye through the cornea struggles to come to a single focal point on the retina, resulting in blurred vision.

The lenses prescribed to correct astigmatism are called toric contact lenses. What differs between these and regular contact lenses is the design. Compared to ordinary lenses, which have one power throughout the lens, toric lenses have two different powers; one which addresses astigmatism, and one to fix myopia or hyperopia. They have curvatures at different angles. Because of their multiple powers, toric lenses need to remain in place on your eye. This is different from normal lenses, which can move around on your eye without affecting your sight. However, lenses for astigmatism are smartly designed with this in mind, and they are weighted slightly at the bottom, which prevents them from moving around.

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, then don't worry, there are toric lenses made to suit your needs too. Hard contact lenses, also called rigid gas permeable lenses, have a firmer shape which helps them stay in place, but usually, they're a little less comfortable than soft lenses. Rest assured, there's a contact lens which is just right for you.

Toric contact lens fittings can often require more time than regular contact lens fittings, due to the relative complexity of the lens. This all might seem like a bit of effort, but it's well worth the end result; effective treatment. Being fitted with the right product will only improve your vision, and consequently, your everyday life.

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