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Toric Contact Lenses

Jul 23, 2008
If you have an astigmatism, your eye doctor might prescribe toric contact lenses for vision correction. Toric contact lenses use the same material as a soft contact lens. They can be either soft or Rigid Gas Permeable. These lenses offer greater variety and comfort in vision correction to those with astigmatism than ever before.

An astigmatism for those who are not familiar with the term is a curvature of the eye creating blurry vision. This problem can be corrected by surgery along with your other vision problems, but surgery is expensive and may not be an option for you right now. This is where a Toric contact lens can be important.

Toric lenses can be either soft or Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP). The RGP lenses are stiffer than the soft ones and retain their shape on the cornea better. This can result in crisper vision for some people, although many do not notice any difference between the soft and RGP lenses.

Getting fitted for toric contact lenses can take more time and must be exact. Your eye doctor should be experienced in these types of fittings, but you will probably pay more for the fitting as well as for the lenses.

There are also a few brands of Toric contact lenses so you might try the different brands before settling on a certain brand to find maximum comfort. Expense may lead you to one brand over another though they are most usually with in five dollars of each other.

Nowadays, toric contact lenses come in almost any variety as soft lenses. You can get disposable, frequent replacement and even colored contacts to correct your astigmatism so why not toss out those old glasses and give contacts a try?
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