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Can People With Astigmatism Also Wear Lenses?

Are you aware that there are contact lenses especially for people with astigmatism? An eye with astigmatism has an irregularly shaped cornea, and that changes how light enters the eye. The light doesn't hit the retina properly, which drastically changes one's ability to see clearly.

The lenses eye doctors use to correct astigmatism are called toric contact lenses. The biggest difference between toric lenses and regular lenses is the design. Regular lenses have one power, but toric lenses have two: one for myopia or hyperopia and one for astigmatism. Unlike regular lenses, which can freely shift and have no effect on your vision, toric lenses must stay in place. A handy feature of toric lenses is the fact that they're heavier at the bottom, which helps them stay put when you blink or rub your eyes.

There are multiple scheduling options for toric contact lens users, including soft disposable contact lenses, daily disposable lenses, and frequent replacement lenses. And those with astigmatism have no shortage of options; toric lenses even come in color, or as multifocals. Rigid gas permeable lenses (RGP, or hard contact lenses) are made from a firmer material that keeps their shape when you blink, and sometimes give even sharper vision than other lenses. But the disadvantage is that they are usually not as comfortable to wear. .

Because toric lenses are just a bit more complex, you should factor in some extra time for your fitting. This all might sound a little daunting, but it's well worth the end result; effective treatment. Being fitted with the right product will only improve your vision, and consequently, your quality of life.

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