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Dealing With Astigmatism? Here are 5 Contacts to Try

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When a person has an irregular eye shape or curvature, we call the resulting refractive error an astigmatism.  While more complicated than near or farsightedness, astigmatism is just as treatable as any other vision condition by using a toric lens.

What Causes Astigmatism?

In America, 1 in 3 people will have an astigmatism durring their life.  Normally, astigmatisms are present from birth and can be hereditary. 

This eye irregularity can occur in the external cornea or in the eye’s internal lens.  Either situation results in light bending improperly as it passes towards the back of the eye where rods and cones will receive the image.

While astigmatism frequently occurs alongside myopia or hyperopia (near/farsightedness), it is different.  The primary symptom of astigmatism is blurry vision at any distance.  Depending on the person, astigmatisms can increase or decrease in severity with age.

How Contacts for Astigmatism Work

“Toric contact lenses” is the name given to those contacts specifically designed to counter the effects of astigmatism.  Usually, toric lenses are a soft contact lens made out of hydrogel or the oxygen permeable silicone hydrogel.

Normal spherical lenses can increase or decrease the bend of light, but they cannot handle the irregular shape of an astigmatism.  Toric lenses address this problem with varied refraction and a stabilized design.

Varied Refraction – A single toric lens bends light with different powers at different points on the lens.  This simultaneously addresses the multiple levels of farsighted and nearsightedness unique to a specific person’s eye.

Stabilized Design – The normal lens can shift on the wearer’s eye and still work.  The unique refraction pattern of a toric lens needs to align perfectly with the unique shape of an astigmatism.  Consequently, toric lenses work with your eye and blinking pattern to retain a stable position over your cornea.  

5 Contacts for Astigmatism to Try

If you have never bought your lenses online before, we recommend you check out its conveniences and cost savings with our guide for online contacts purchasing.  Regardless of how you acquire them, these are our top 5 recommended brands for astigmatism:

  1. Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism
    As a weekly disposable lens, these can be worn for either one or two weeks.  Hydraclear Plus Technology emphasizes moisture retention to maintain eye health and comfort.  They also have the highest available level of UV protection for contact lenses.
  2. Biofinity Toric
    Monthly disposable lenses, like Biofinity Toric, are often favored for their cost effectiveness compared to lenses which are cycled through more frequently.  A rounded edge design allows for minimal interference, and consequent discomfort, with your eyelid when you blink. 
  3. Dailies Aquacomfort Plus Toric
    The majority of consumers rate daily disposable lenses, like Dailies Aquacomfort Plus Toric, as the leaders in comfort and health.  It solves all your astigmatism challenges without the hassle of a nightly cleaning routine.
  4. Proclear Toric
    Another daily disposable lens, Proclear Toric maintains 96% water content for 12 hours at a time.  It achieves this through CooperVision’s proprietary PC Technology which incorporates water molecules into the structure of the lens.
  5. Bausch + Lomb Ultra for Astigmatism
    A monthly disposable lens, Bausch + Lomb Ultra boasts of their MoistureSeal technology.  Assume proper nightly care, this lens maintains 95% water content for 16 hours at a time throughout an entire month.
20-off-your-first-order
20% Off Your First Order

Valid for new customers only.

Looking for Other Toric Contacts?

We encourage you to check out our Full List of Toric Contact Lenses.   Any first-time customers with Simple Contacts receive a 20% discount on our already competitive prices.