Toric Contact Lenses: What You Need to Know
Are you considering switching to toric contact lenses? As someone who has been wearing them for a while now, I’m here to give you the rundown on what you need to know.
What are Toric Contact Lenses?
Toric contact lenses are a type of lens that are specially designed to correct astigmatism. Astigmatism is a condition where the cornea (the clear front of the eye) is shaped more like a football than a basketball. This can cause blurry vision at all distances, and regular contact lenses won’t work for it, which is where toric lenses come in.
How are They Different?
Toric lenses are different from regular contact lenses in a few ways. First off, they have multiple prescriptions in one lens, as the astigmatism correction needs to be aligned with your specific eye. Secondly, they have a different “toric” design that stabilizes the lens on the eye and keeps it from rotating around as you blink.
Are They Comfortable?
Personally, I find toric lenses to be just as comfortable as regular lenses. They do take a little bit of getting used to because they can feel different on the eye at first, but once you’ve been wearing them for a while, you’ll hardly notice a difference.
Do They Cost More?
Unfortunately, toric lenses do tend to cost a bit more than regular lenses. However, many insurance plans will cover the cost of them, so be sure to check with your provider. It’s also worth noting that toric lenses are often replaced more frequently than regular lenses, which can add to the cost.
Are They Worth It?
As someone with astigmatism, I can personally say that toric contact lenses are absolutely worth it. They’ve made a huge difference in my vision, and I’m able to see much more clearly than I was with regular lenses.
The Bottom Line
If you have astigmatism and are considering toric contact lenses, I highly recommend giving them a try. While they may cost a bit more, the difference in vision clarity is well worth it!