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Can People With Astigmatism Also Wear Lenses?

Are you aware that there are contact lenses especially made to correct your astigmatism? Normally, the cornea is round, but in the case of someone with astigmatism, it's more elliptical. This affects the way light enters the eye, and results in blurred vision.

The lenses used to correct astigmatism are called toric contact lenses. Toric lenses have a design that differs from that of regular lenses. Compared to typical lenses, which have one power throughout the lens, toric lenses have two different powers; one for astigmatism, and one which addresses myopia or hyperopia. Unlike regular lenses, which can freely move around on your eye and have no effect on your vision, toric lenses must stay in place. Contact lenses for astigmatism are actually heavier on the bottom, to prevent them from moving around on your eye.

Just like regular lenses, toric lenses are available as soft disposable contact lenses, daily disposable lenses, and frequent replacement lenses. If you like to wear multifocal or even colored lenses, then don't worry, there are toric lenses made to suit your needs too. Hard contact lenses, also called rigid gas permeable lenses, provide a firmer shape which helps them stay in place, but they aren't always as comfortable as soft lenses. Together, we'll be able to find the best brand to suit your eyes.

Toric contact lens fittings might sometimes need more time than regular contact lens fittings, because of the relative complexity of the lens. It might sound a little daunting, but it's worth the end result; getting treated, glasses-free. Being fitted with the right product will only improve your vision, and consequently, your everyday life.

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