Toric contact lenses are formed differently than conventional contact lenses with a spherical shape. It has a shape that is similar to a side of a donut. Often, specialists prescribe them to people with astigmatism or an eye condition where the eye is not perfectly round.
Keep reading to learn more about this type of contact lens.
What Are Toric Contact Lenses?
Toric contact lenses require a prescription from your eye doctor. You need to visit an eye care center for this type of lenses because their effectiveness largely depends on how well they fit. Because toric contacts have a specific orientation, they must be placed correctly in the eye. When these lenses don’t fit or sit correctly, your visual clarity may be compromised.
They have features that help them to stay in place. These lenses have thick-thin zones and lens truncation, where the lower part of the lens is slightly cut. Ballasting is another key feature of toric lenses, where they are a bit thicker or heavier in some areas.
What Are the Common Types of These Lenses?
Eye doctors may also prescribe toric lenses for other vision conditions. They are available in daily disposables and various colors as well. Toric contacts can be made in soft and rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses. RGP contacts tend to remain in place better, but it may take longer for you to adjust to them. They can also be more delicate and drier. Meanwhile, soft toric contacts are more comfortable to wear. However, be more careful when wearing them to ensure they stay put.
Interested in toric contact lenses? Get in touch with Guilford Eye Center! We also offer eyeglasses and LipiFlow® for dry eye disease. Call us at (336) 292-4516, or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We cater to patients around High Point, NC.