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Did you know that there are contact lenses especially made to correct your astigmatism? Astigmatism means that your eye has a differently shaped cornea (football-shaped, as opposed to a normal, spherical cornea), and that means that light entering your eye through the cornea struggles to come to a single focal point on the retina, resulting in blurred vision.

Contact lenses designed to correct this condition, known as toric contact lenses, are constructed from exactly the same material as regular lenses. What separates these from regular contact lenses is the design. Normal lenses have just one power, but toric lenses have two: one for distance vision and one for astigmatism. Because they contain two different powers, these lenses must stay in place on your eye in order to correct your vision, unlike normal contact lenses, which have no effect if they rotate on your eye when you blink. Contact lenses for astigmatism are actually weighted on the bottom, and this helps them stay in place on your eye.

There are multiple scheduling options for toric contact lens wearers, including soft disposable contact lenses, daily disposable lenses, and frequent replacement lenses. If you like to wear colored or multifocal contact lenses, there are toric lenses for you. Hard contact lenses, also called rigid gas permeable lenses, are made from a material that gives them a stronger shape which allows them to stay put when you blink, but they aren't always as comfortable as soft lenses. There's a contact lens which is just right for you.

Fittings for toric lenses might often require more time than the regular lens fittings you might be used to, due to the relative complexity of the lens. Nevertheless, 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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