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Can People With Astigmatism Also Wear Lenses?

Are you aware that there are contact lenses especially for people with astigmatism? Firstly, what is astigmatism? Astigmatism means that your eye has a differently shaped cornea, which means that light entering your eye through the cornea can't come to a single focal point on the retina, resulting in blurred vision.

The lenses used to correct astigmatism are known as toric contact lenses. Toric lenses are constructed differently from regular lenses. Regular lenses have one power, but toric lenses have two: one for distance vision and one for astigmatism. Because of their multiple powers, toric lenses need to stay in place on your eye. This is different from normal lenses, which can shift slightly without affecting your sight. Toric lenses are actually heavier on the bottom, and this helps them stay in place on your eye.

There are multiple scheduling options for toric contact lens users, including 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, have a firmer shape which allows them to stay put when you blink, but they aren't always as comfortable as soft lenses. Together, we'll be able to find the best brand to suit your eyes.

When it's time for your toric lens fitting, it's going to take some time, due to the complexity of the product. But it's worth it. With advances in eyewear technology, individuals with astigmatism can take advantage of the benefits of contact lenses, with many options to choose from.

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