Today, new technology and engineering have allowed the development of Toric for astigmatism contact lenses. These specialized contact lenses have a shape that correct vision problems associated with astigmatism.
Because of the variations in the eye curvature that occur when you have astigmatism, careful fitting of contact lenses is very important. They have to stay in the eye in a certain orientation to provide vision correction as intended. They may have a certain part that is thicker or heavier. They may have a thin zone. Toric for astigmatism contact lenses have a bottom portion that is flattened a little to help keep the lenses in the correct place.
The good news is that there is a wide variety of these lenses available, so once your fitting is completed, you will have some options about what kind of lenses will work best for your lifestyle and comfort level with contact lenses. They are even available in disposable and daily options. Colored lenses are also available if you are interested in changing the appearance of your eyes.
The 2 main types of Toric for astigmatism lenses that are available are soft hydrogel and rigid gas permeable lenses. Soft lenses are more likely to get out of place, but may be easier to adjust to and be more comfortable for the wearer. Rigid gas permeable lenses have the advantage that they tend to stay in place, but they can be more challenging to get used to and cause your eyes to be dry if worn too long. There are also new hybrid lenses available that combine the best parts of both types with a rigid gas permeable central zone surrounded by a softer hydrogel exterior. With all these choices available, your eye care professional can help you find the right one for you!