If you have astigmatism - a common condition where the eye isn't perfectly round, but more football (or egg-shaped) then you'll need a special design of contact lenses called "toric" lenses for clear vision.
Toric contact lenses are available in both soft and rigid gas permeable (RGP or GP) lens materials. Most contact lens wearers who need toric contacts choose soft toric lenses.
How do toric lenses work?
When you have astigmatism, that means that the vertical (up-and-down) power of the eye is different from the horizontal (side to side) power. A special lens designed to address this is needed in order to help you see clearly. This can be achieved through soft, gas permeable, or Hybrid lenses.
Soft toric contact lenses have different powers in the different meridians and are made to align with your eye without rotating (turning around). Gas permeable lenses often give clearer sharper vision.
Toric contact lens cost
Properly fitting a toric contact lens takes more time and requires more expertise than fitting regular soft contacts. This may require several visits or several different lenses. The professional fee for fitting toric lenses is higher than our fee for a regular contact lens fitting. The lenses themselves also cost more than regular soft lenses. Call our office for details.
Gas permeable lenses for astigmatism
Gas permeable contact lenses usually provide sharper vision than soft toric lenses. They maintain their shape on the eye. At times, toric GP design is needed. If regular gas permeable lenses fail to adequately correct astigmatism, customized toric GP lens designs are also available.
Many options in soft toric lenses
Today, many brands of soft toric lenses are available and you have a choice of lenses approved for daily wear (lenses you remove before sleep) and extended wear (lenses approved for overnight wear). There are also soft toric lenses to enhance or change your eye color and multifocal toric lenses if you have presbyopia.
Call for more information
Call our office today to learn more about contact lens options for astigmatism and to schedule a contact lens consultation to find out which lenses are the best solution for you.