Many people with astigmatism think they are not able to use contact lenses due to their condition. Well, there's actually a unique type of contact lens that corrects astigmatism. An eye with astigmatism has a differently shaped cornea (it's shaped like a football, unlike a normal cornea, which is spherical), and that alters how light enters the eye. The light doesn't come to a proper focal point on the retina, which drastically affects one's ability to see clearly.
Toric contact lenses are prescribed to correct this condition. Toric lenses are designed differently from regular lenses. Consider them the bifocals of contact lenses; they have a power to fix your distance vision issues and another for your astigmatism. Compared with regular lenses, which can easily shift and have no effect on your vision, toric lenses need to stay in place. However, lenses for astigmatism are smartly designed with this in mind, and they are a little heavier at the bottom, which helps them stay in place.
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, also called rigid gas permeable lenses, provide a firmer shape which helps them stay in place, but usually, they're a little less comfortable than soft lenses. .
Toric lens fittings often take longer than regular lens fittings. This is because it's a more complex product, and we want to make sure you're fitted just right. Still, with constant improvements in eyewear technology, those with astigmatism can take advantage of the benefits of contact lenses, with many options to choose from.