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Toric Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Are you aware that there are contact lenses especially made to fix your astigmatism? Firstly, what is astigmatism? 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.

Toric contact lenses are prescribed to fix astigmatism. What differs between toric lenses and common contact lenses is the design. Compared to regular lenses, which have one power throughout the lens, toric lenses have two different powers; one which addresses astigmatism, and one to fix trouble with distance vision. Since they contain two different strengths, toric lenses need to remain in place on your eye in order to correct your vision, as opposed to regular contact lenses, where lens movement due to blinking has no effect on your vision. A smart feature of astigmatism-correcting lenses is the fact that they're heavier at the bottom, which helps them stay put when you blink.

There are several 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 are made from a tougher material that remains in shape when you blink, and might provide even sharper vision than soft lenses. However, they are often less comfortable to wear. Rest assured, there's a contact lens which perfectly suits your needs, and we'll help you find it.

When it's time for your toric lens fitting, it's going to take some time, due to the complexity of the product. It might sound a little daunting, but it's worth the end result; getting treated, glasses-free. Being fitted with the best product for you will only improve your vision, and thus your everyday life.

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