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Toric Lenses: A Life Changer for Astigmatism

Are you aware that there are contact lenses especially for people with astigmatism? The cornea is generally spherical, but in the case of someone with astigmatism, it's more oval-shaped, sort of like a football. This changes how light hits the retina, and results in blurred vision.

Contact lenses designed to correct astigmatism, known as toric contact lenses, are constructed from the same material as regular lenses. What separates these from common lenses is the design. Normal lenses have just one power, but toric lenses have two: one for myopia or hyperopia and one for astigmatism. Due to their multiple powers, toric lenses need to remain in place on your eye. This is different from regular lenses, which can move around on your eye and not affect your sight. Toric lenses are therefore ballasted on the bottom, and this helps them stay in place on your eye.

Toric lenses are available as 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 harder material that keeps their form even when you rub your eyes or blink, and might give better vision than other lenses. However, they are often not as comfortable to wear. .

When it's time for your toric lens fitting, it's going to take some time, due to the complexity of the product. This all might sound a little daunting, but it's worth the end result; effective treatment. Being fitted with the best product for you will only improve your vision, and thus your quality of life.

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