What is astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a common condition where the eye’s cornea isn't entirely spherical in shape. While corneas are normally spherical, a cornea with astigmatism is typically oval shaped. This means that you’ll most likely suffer from blurry or distorted vision as the eye is unable to adjust to the light that enters it.
What does toric mean on contact lenses?
Toric contact lenses are designed to correct astigmatism. Toric lenses form a torus shape that effectively bends and focuses on the light entering your eye. Toric contact lenses are prescribed with an axis value, telling you the degree of the curvature of your cornea or lens.
If you're looking for contact lenses for astigmatism, it’s important to note that many brands refer to them as ‘toric lenses'. Astigmatism is the condition, toric lenses are the product that help people with this condition to achieve clear vision.
The three types of astigmatism are as follows:
Myopic – one or both of your eye’s principle meridians is short sighted
Hyperopic – one or both of your eye’s principle meridians is long sighted
Mixed astigmatism – one principle meridian is long sighted and the other is short sighted
For a more in-depth look, read our helpful guide to astigmatism.
If you think you have an astigmatism, you should speak with your optician as they’ll be able to prescribe you with your required axis and recommended astigmatism contact lenses.
Why should I choose toric contact lenses?
In order to achieve clear and uninterrupted vision as a contact lens wearer with astigmatism, there really isn’t a better option than toric contact lenses.
If you have astigmatism, spherical contact lenses won’t be able to deliver clear vision as their shape won't be suitable for the eye. This means that vision will be interrupted as the eye moves, proving a constant distraction throughout the day.
However, with toric contact lenses, you’ll be sure of a lens designed to fit your eye, delivering clear vision all day long.
When it comes to buying toric contact lenses online, keep in mind that essentially all branded toric contact lenses will have the words ‘for astigmatism’ or ‘toric’ in the product name.
Which types of toric contact lenses are there?
Fortunately for sufferers of astigmatism, there are a wide range of toric contact lenses, designed to cater for all eye care requirements. Whether you wear daily disposables, monthly contacts or two weekly lenses, you’ll find toric contact lenses to correct your astigmatism and fit your lifestyle.
Daily toric contact lenses
Daily disposable contact lenses for astigmatism mean you can enjoy astigmatic correction, without the need to follow a lens cleaning and storing routine every night. Highly convenient, daily toric lenses are perfect for those with a hectic schedule. Some of the most popular dailies for astigmatism includes Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism, Dailies AquaComfort Plus Toric and SofLens Daily Disposable Toric.
Monthly toric contact lenses
Monthly toric lenses represent exceptional value for money. Each set of these lenses will last a month, they will also need to be removed at the end of each day to cleaned and stored in solution overnight. Some of our best-selling monthly lenses for astigmatism are Biofinity Toric, Proclear Toric and Air Optix for Astigmatism.
Two weekly toric contact lenses
Lenses that offer the ‘best of both worlds’, two weekly astigmatism contact lenses are similar to monthlies in that they require nightly cleaning and storing, however, these lenses are to be disposed of every two weeks. You can find Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism and Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism at Feel Good Contacts.
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