What are toric contact lenses?
Toric contact lenses have been specifically designed to counter the effects of astigmatism and deliver undisturbed vision. Each lens is a torus shape, providing an uneven curve that effectively bends and focuses on the light entering your eye. Toric contact lenses are prescribed with an ‘axis’ figure, telling you the degree of the curvature of your cornea.
What is astigmatism?
Commonplace amongst contact lens wearers, astigmatism is the condition of your eye’s cornea not being 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.
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, it’s best to speak with your optician as they’ll be able to prescribe you with your required axis and recommended lenses.
Visit our helpful Eye Care Hub to find out more about how toric contact lenses work.
Why should I choose toric contact lenses?
In order to achieve clear and uninterrupted vision day-in, day-out as a contact lens wearer with astigmatism, there really isn’t a better option than toric contact lenses.
Spherical contact lenses won’t be able to deliver clear vision due to their shape not being suitable for eyes that have an astigmatism. 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 and delivery clear and crisp 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 the most popular dailies for astigmatism are 1 Day 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, with each set of lenses lasting you a whole month, with nightly removal and cleaning. 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 torics are similar to monthlies in that they require nightly cleaning and storing, however are to be disposed of every two weeks. You can find Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism
and Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism