Are you aware that there are contact lenses especially for people with astigmatism? Generally, the cornea is spherical, but when you have astigmatism, it's more oval-shaped, almost like a football. This alters the way light enters the eye, and results in blurred vision.
Toric contact lenses are used to fix this condition. Toric lenses are constructed differently from regular lenses. Normal lenses have one power, but toric lenses have two: one for distance vision and one for astigmatism. Compared with regular lenses, which can easily move around on your eye and have no effect on your vision, toric lenses need to stay in place. However, toric lenses are cleverly designed with this in mind, and they are a little heavier at the bottom, which helps them stay in place.
Just like regular lenses, 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, are made from a material that gives them a firmer shape which allows them to stay put when you blink, but usually, they're a little less agreeable to wear than soft lenses. .
Fittings for toric lenses can sometimes require more time than the regular lens fittings you might be accustomed to, because of the fact that these lenses are slightly more complex. But it's worth it. With advances in eyewear technology, individuals with astigmatism have lots of life-improving options to choose from.
Visit our Atlanta eye doctor to get your toric contact lenses. We also serve the nearby areas of Arboretum, Round Rock, Cedar Park and Jollyville.