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Toric Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Vision Correction for Astigmatism

If you have astigmatism, it means that your cornea is not spherical nor symmetrical. A normal cornea has only one curve, but with astigmatism the uneven shape creates a second curve that interferes with how light is focused on your retina. There two focal points, resulting in blurred near and distant vision. Traditional contact lenses do not fit astigmatism properly, and you will need specialized toric contact lenses to correct this ocular condition.

At Washington Eye Doctors, our experienced optometrists will perform a thorough eye exam to diagnose astigmatism, and we often recommend toric lenses as an effective method of vision correction. Contact us today to reserve your eye exam and fitting for contact lenses in Washington, DC.

Hard vs. Soft Toric Lenses

Toric contact lenses have a more oblong shape than standard contacts, and they are available in both hard, gas permeable (GP) and soft types. However, soft toric contacts are much more popular. Constructed from either a conventional hydrogel material or a highly permeable silicone hydrogel, the soft versions offer crisp and comfortable vision. Fitting toric lenses is a more complex process than fitting normal contacts. You can depend upon us for precise eye exams for contact lenses in Washington, DC. Our eye doctors are skilled in fitting both hard and soft toric lenses, and we will advise you on the best option for your eyes.

Your Prescription for Toric Contact Lenses

Your vision prescription for toric lenses will have two prescriptions – one to resolve nearsightedness or farsightedness, and one to correct astigmatism. How does this work when you put them in your eyes? Whereas regular contacts can rotate in all directions and your vision remains constant, toric lenses must remain vertically aligned. Each time you blink, your toric lenses need to move only up and down, and not all around. Otherwise, you cannot use the two prescriptions effectively to see clearly from all points of view. To accomplish this, some toric lenses are weighted at the bottom.

Toric Lenses are Not One-Size-Fits-All

There is no such thing as a toric lens that works for everyone. Frequently, it can take some trial and error until our eye doctors pinpoint a perfect fit. Toric lenses are also available in various wearing schedules, ranging from daily disposable to extended wear.

We will give you all the time and patience necessary to identify the right contact lenses for your eyes. Satisfied patients and sharp sight are our goals, and we have the eye care expertise to ensure comfortable and clear vision with your toric contact lenses in Washington, DC.

If you have astigmatism, we invite you to see for yourself and try out a pair of toric lenses! Contact us to schedule your contact lens eye exam.

If you’ve had trouble wearing contact lenses, scleral contact lenses may be your solution. Ask your Washington optometrist about them at your next eye exam!