Lots of people with astigmatism think they can't wear contact lenses. But there's actually a special type of contact lens that corrects astigmatism. A typical cornea is spherical, but in the case of someone with astigmatism, it's more elliptical. This seemingly small feature actually alters how light enters the eye, and results in blurred vision.
Contact lenses designed to correct this condition, known as toric contact lenses, are made from exactly the same material as regular lenses. Toric lenses have a design that is different from that of regular lenses. Consider them almost like the bifocals of contact lenses; they contain one power to fix your myopia or hyperopia and another for your astigmatism. They feature curvatures at various angles. Due to their multiple powers, toric lenses must remain in place on your eye. This is not the case with normal lenses, which can shift slightly and not affect your sight. Toric lenses are therefore heavier on the bottom, and this prevents them from moving around on your eye.
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 stronger shape which helps them stay in place, but usually, they're a little less comfortable than soft lenses. Rest assured, there's a contact lens which perfectly suits your needs, and together, we'll help you find it.
Fittings for toric lenses might sometimes require more time than the regular lens fittings you might be accustomed to, because of the relative complexity of the lens. It might sound a little daunting, but it's worth the end result; effective, glasses-free treatment. Being fitted with the right product will only improve your vision, and consequently, your quality of life.