How do toric contact lenses work?

What does it mean if I have astigmatism?

The cornea of the eye is usually spherical. However, some people have astigmatism, which is when the cornea has an unnatural curve to it. This means that your eye is not entirely able to adjust to the light that enters it, resulting in blurred or distorted vision.

But there’s no need to worry, astigmatism is a common condition and is easily corrected with toric contact lenses.

What are toric contact lenses?

Toric contact lenses help to correct astigmatism and to offer balanced and clear vision to the wearer. They form a torus shape, which helps them to bend and adjust better to your eyes’ demands, offering more accurate visual correction.

Toric contact lenses also need ‘axis’ and ‘cylinder’ values. The axis figure represents the location of the astigmatism on the eye and ranges from 5 to 180 degrees, whereas cylinder is the power used to correct the vision.

By offering different correctional power across different meridians of the lens, and being able to rotate into position so these powers line up with the meridians of the eye that require the visual correction, toric contact lenses are an extremely reliable choice for correcting astigmatism.

To find out more about astigmatism and toric contact lenses, why not take a look at our guide to astigmatism?

What types of toric contact lenses are available?

Our extensive selection of branded contact lenses includes toric lenses such as Biofinity Toric and Proclear Toric, while we even stock Frequency Xcel Toric XR, for those with more extreme cases of astigmatism.

For daily disposable contact lens wearers with astigmatism, we also offer 1 Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism and Dailies AquaComfort Plus Toric.

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