Contact Lens Basics

Toric Contact Lenses – The Only Solution For Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a disease in which the cornea of the eye is not in its usual spherical shape. The cornea is in elliptical shape. This shape hampers the vision of the person as the cornea’s ability to focus the light gets reduced. To cure this disease, there are special contact lenses available in the market.

There used to be very few choices available in terms of contact lenses for astigmatic patients. This is not true anymore.

Let us read on and find out how.
Ordinary spherical lenses are not meant for astigmatic patients. A special variety of lenses called the toric lenses are especially designed for astigmatism. Toric lenses are made of the same material as ordinary lenses. Toric lenses are built to match the shape of the eyes of astigmatic patients. As such the lenses may have a specific top and bottom. They may also be striated to ensure a better fit

The toric variety of the contact lenses is designed to maintain their orientation irrespective of the movement of the eyes. With these lenses, astigmatism sufferers can use the contacts to correct their vision and live a better life.

Toric contact lenses come in multiple variants – colored, frequent replacement, multifocal and disposable varieties. On account of their shape, toric lenses are more expensive.  However, considering the fact that these types of lenses are the only recommended solution for improving the sight of astigmatic patients, the expense is really not a consideration.

If you too are suffering from astigmatism, you should consult your ophthalmologist. This is so because only a professional can help you decide which contact lens is best for you. Ordinary contact lenses are not meant for patients of astigmatism. An ophthalmologist will be able to guide you on what sort of lenses is essential.

Astigmatism patients know that it is really difficult to get contact lenses fitted to the defected eye properly. Hence, spending a little amount extra is worth it! The result is a comfortable fit of the lens and a better vision. All you have to do is consult an eye specialist and have the best toric contact lens for your astigmatism.