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Toric Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a condition that is caused by an irregular shape of the cornea – the clear part of the eye that covers the iris and the pupil. The cornea is usually smooth, round, and spherical but in an astigmatic eye, the cornea turns into a shape that is not spherical and develops a second curve. One of the primary duties of the cornea is to focus light onto the retina which enables you to see clearly. When the cornea is out of shape and develops two curves, this creates two focal points therefore causing blurred vision.

The irregular shape of the eye makes it hard for traditional contact lenses to fit and provide clear vision and therefore requires specialized contact lenses such as toric lenses or rigid gas permeable lenses (RGPs).

What are Toric Contact Lenses?

Toric contact lenses are designed to correct astigmatism and custom made to fit the eye of the patient. Rather than having a perfectly spherical surface like standard contact lenses, toric lenses have a more oblong shape made to accommodate the shape of the astigmatic eye. Toric lenses can be made of either soft or rigid gas permeable (RGP or GP) lens material, however the soft toric lenses are more common.

Toric contact lenses are also designed in such a way that the lenses stay in place on the eye to maintain proper vision. Sometimes as the eye moves or blinks the lens can rotate considerably on the eye. If this rotation continues with a soft toric lens, a rigid gas permeable lens might be more effective. Rigid gas permeable lenses have a longer initial adjustment time, but once this has passed they are usually just as comfortable as soft contact lenses and they are often easier to care for.

Toric lenses are available in every wearing schedule from daily disposable to long-term wear. In some cases you may even find colored toric contact lenses. Due to the customization required, toric lenses tend to be more expensive and may take more laboratory time to make than traditional lenses.

If you have astigmatism, finding the right fit for your contact lenses is essential. Speak to your eye doctor today for a full assessment to determine which type of toric lenses will work best for you to help you see and feel your best.

Due to COVID-19 both our locations are closed to walk-in traffic. We will have limited staff onsite to answer phone calls and emails Monday-Thursday from 9am to 3pm. To ensure our patients needs are still being met we will be doing the following:

  1. If you are running low on CONTACT LENSES-
    • If your prescription is still valid call and we will direct mail your order to you at no additional charge.
    • If your prescription is expired, we can make arrangements to order you an emergency extension.
    • If you have insurance benefits and would like to use them, we can apply that to your order even if you haven’t had an exam this year. You will still be eligible have your exam billed through your insurance later in the year.
  2. If you break or lose your GLASSES- We can arrange for a solution
  3. If you are having any EMERGENT VISION SYMPTOMS, we will make a plan for you to be seen by us or someone else depending on the symptoms.

We understand that changes like these are necessary but inconvenient, and we are working on being prepared to reopen when this is all over. If you would like to schedule your next routine appointment, we are booking starting June 1st. We appreciate your patience as we navigate our way through these uncertain times.

-Eyecare Associates Staff

701.282.5880 | fargoeyecare@gmail.com

701.353.7136 | westfargoeyecare@gmail.com