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Astigmatism Doesn’t Rule Out Contact Lenses

So many people with astigmatism think they are not able to use contact lenses due to their condition. It may come as a surprise to know that there's actually a special type of contact lens made just to correct astigmatism. A regular cornea is spherical, but when you have astigmatism, it's more oval-shaped, sort of like a football. This alters how light hits the retina, and results in blurred vision.

The lenses prescribed to correct astigmatism are called toric contact lenses. What separates these from common lenses is the design. Compared to typical lenses, which have one power throughout the lens, toric lenses have two different powers; one for astigmatism, and one for trouble with distance vision. Unlike regular lenses, which can freely shift and have no effect on your vision, toric lenses must stay in place. A great feature of toric lenses is the fact that they're weighted at the bottom, which helps them stay in place when you blink or rub your eyes.

There are multiple scheduling options for toric contact lens wearers, 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 firmer material that keeps their shape even when you blink, and sometimes give even better vision than soft lenses. But the downside is that they are usually less comfortable. Rest assured, there's a contact lens which perfectly suits your unique needs, and we'll find it for you.

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 seem like a bit of effort, but it's well worth the end result; getting treated, glasses-free. Being fitted with the best product for you will only improve your vision, and thus your quality of life.

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