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Focusing on Astigmatism and Contact Lenses

If you are someone with astigmatism and you don't wear contact lenses, then listen up. Contact lenses can actually be a way to correct the condition. A typical cornea is round, but the cornea of someone with astigmatism is more elliptical. This alters the way light hits the retina, and results in blurred vision.

Contact lenses designed to correct astigmatism, known as toric contact lenses, are manufactured from the same material as regular spherical contact lenses. What separates these from common lenses is the design. Normal lenses have one power, but toric lenses have two: one for myopia or hyperopia and one for astigmatism. They feature curvatures at different angles. Because of their multiple powers, toric lenses need to stay in place on your eye. This is different from normal lenses, which can move around on your eye and not affect your sight. But toric lenses are cleverly designed with this issue in mind, and they are weighted slightly at the bottom, which helps them stay in place.

There are several scheduling options for toric contact lens wearers, including soft disposable contact lenses, daily disposable lenses, and frequent replacement lenses. If you like to wear multifocal or even colored contact lenses, there are toric lenses made to suit your needs too. Hard contact lenses, also called rigid gas permeable lenses, are made from a material that gives them a firmer shape which allows them to stay put when you blink, but they aren't always as comfortable as soft lenses. Together, we can find the most suitable lens type for your eyes.

Fittings for toric lenses can sometimes require more time than the regular lens fittings you might be used to, because of the relative complexity of the lens. But it's worth it. With advances in the field of optometry, individuals with astigmatism have lots of life-improving options to choose from.

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