Here, we take a look at the different types of toric contact lenses available. This lens type is recommended for those affected by astigmatism. A dual system featuring two curvatures with different angles corrects astigmatism and myopia (long-sightedness). If you want freedom from bifocal glasses, this could well be the answer.
There are four primary types of toric contact lenses available today.
Gas permeable – these are rigid lenses with a fixed shape which isn’t flexible on the eye.
Soft toric – far more flexible than their gas permeable counterparts, this type of lens stays stable but can also move naturally with the eye for a more comfortable fit.
Hydrogel toric – made with a material that features a high water content, this type of lens is ideal for those wearers prone to dry eyes.
Biotoric – if you have a prescription of +2.00D or above and need vision correction on both sides of a lens, this is the one for you.
Once you’ve seen an optician and discovered if toric contact lenses are right for your eyes, it’s time to choose between monthly and daily disposables. A number of monthly disposable lenses are also suitable for extended wear for up to six nights, which is great for those with ultra busy schedules.
In general, monthly disposable toric contact lenses are great for wearers in search of a comfortable, durable lens that can be removed and applied at will for up to 30 days. By contrast, dailies are more convenient as they don’t require cleaning or storage but they must be disposed of after every wear.