Contacts for Astigmatism

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Toric Contact Lenses for Astigmatism FAQs

Absolutely! Soft, disposable contact lenses designed for people with astigmatism are commonly known as toric lenses. They’re a safe and convenient option that typically look pretty indistinguishable from single-vision contacts. 
Toric lenses are contacts designed to correct the visual issues caused by astigmatism. They’re worn directly on the surface of the eye, and their properties address the uneven curvature of the cornea that typifies astigmatism. They’re called “toric” because they resemble a slice taken out of a torus—a geometric shape that looks like a donut. 
Toric lenses have features that “regular” single-vision contacts don’t. For example, toric contacts need to stay oriented a certain way on the eye, so they might have zones with different thicknesses or a truncated portion on the bottom to ensure they don’t rotate. 
They can also address multiple vision problems at once: If you have nearsightedness or farsightedness in addition to astigmatism, you can find a toric lens for both aspects of your prescription. 
Due to their specialized nature, toric contacts often require a very precise fit. If you’re new to wearing them, it’s a good idea to book an eye exam with a contact lens fitting. 
Finally, toric lenses typically cost a little bit more than single-vision lenses due to the lens complexity.
Wearing soft contact lenses for astigmatism shouldn’t feel notably different from wearing other types of soft contact lenses. If you feel discomfort or irritation when your toric lenses are in, it’s often a matter of fit or the lens becoming improperly oriented. Consult your eye doctor if this problem persists. 
Yes, there are! TORIColors is one example of a toric contact lens that can bring new shades of color to your eyes, including hues such as Golden Amber and Seabreeze Blue.
As you’re learning how to put in toric contact lenses, one of the most important steps to remember is to check the lens’s orientation. You want to be sure that it sits exactly the way it should in your eye, not upside-down or tilted to one side. 
Otherwise, the standard instructions for how to put in contacts still apply.