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Can People With Astigmatism Also Wear Lenses?

Did you know that there are contact lenses especially for people with astigmatism? Generally, the cornea is spherical, but the cornea of someone with astigmatism is more oval-shaped, almost like a football. This changes the way light hits the retina, and results in blurred vision.

The lenses prescribed to correct astigmatism are called toric contact lenses. Toric lenses have a design that is different from that of regular lenses. Normal lenses have one power, but toric lenses have two: one for distance vision and one for astigmatism. They have curvatures at various angles. In contrast to regular lenses, which can easily shift and have no effect on your vision, toric lenses need to stay in place. Contact lenses for astigmatism are actually weighted 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. And folks with astigmatism need not worry about options; toric lenses also come in color, or as multifocals. Hard contact lenses, also called rigid gas permeable lenses, have a firmer shape which helps them stay in place, but they aren't always as comfortable as soft lenses. .

When it's time for your toric lens fitting, it's going to take some time, due to the complexity of the product. But it's worth it. With constant improvements in eyewear technology, those with astigmatism can take advantage of the benefits of contact lenses, with many options to choose from.