What is an astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a common eye condition that can make your vision blurry. It’s caused by an irregularly shaped cornea, the clear front part of your eye. This can make light rays focus at multiple points in your eye instead of just one.
Contact lenses are a great way to correct vision for people with astigmatism. Toric contact lenses are specially designed to correct the irregular shape of your cornea and give you clear vision.
How do toric contact lenses work?
Toric contact lenses work by using different powers in different directions. This helps to compensate for the irregular shape of your cornea and focus light rays correctly onto your retina.
Toric contact lenses also have a thicker zone at the bottom of the lens, which helps to keep them from rotating in your eye. This is important because toric contact lenses need to be properly oriented in order to work correctly.
Why wear toric contact lenses?
There are a few reasons why you might want to consider wearing toric contact lenses:
- Sharper vision: Toric contact lenses can provide sharper vision than glasses, especially for people with high astigmatism.
- Wider field of view: Contact lenses sit directly on your eye, so they provide a wider field of view than glasses. This can be beneficial for activities such as sports and driving.
- More comfortable: Contact lenses can be more comfortable to wear than glasses, especially for people who have an active lifestyle.
What types of toric contact lenses are available?
Toric contact lenses are available in a variety of materials, including soft contact lenses, Hard Contact lenses a.k.a rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, and hybrid lenses.
- Soft toric contact lenses: Soft toric contact lenses are the most popular type of toric contact lenses. They are comfortable to wear and are available in a variety of disposable and reusable options.
- RGP toric contact lenses: RGP toric contact lenses are more durable than soft toric contact lenses and can provide sharper vision. However, they can be more difficult to insert and remove, and they may take some time to adjust to wearing.
- Hybrid toric contact lenses: Hybrid toric contact lenses combine the best features of soft and RGP lenses. They are comfortable to wear and provide sharp vision. However, they can be more expensive than other types of toric contact lenses.
How to choose the right toric contact lenses for you
The best way to choose the right toric contact lenses for you is to talk to your Optometrist. They can assess your individual needs and recommend the best type of contact lenses for you.
Here are some factors to consider when choosing toric contact lenses:
- Your prescription: Your Optometrist will measure your prescription to determine the power and axis of your toric contact lenses.
- Your lifestyle: If you have an active lifestyle, you may want to consider disposable toric contact lenses.
- Your budget: Toric contact lenses can be more expensive than other types of contact lenses. Be sure to factor in the cost of the lenses and the care solutions you will need when making your decision.
I know it can be frustrating to have astigmatism. Blurry vision can make it hard to do the things you love, like driving, playing sports, or reading a good book. But don’t worry, there is a solution! Toric contact lenses are specially designed to correct astigmatism and give you the clear vision you deserve.
If you’re thinking about trying toric contact lenses, talk to your eye doctor. They can help you choose the right type of lenses for your individual needs and lifestyle. And they can teach