What is Astigmatism ?

Toric Contact Lenses vs Lenses For astigmatism

What are toric contact lenses? What is astigmatism? What is the difference? Lots of technical big words but what do they mean. Let us help you with this.

Astigmatism – first of all let us start by saying that this is a very common condition. It is not a disease and it does not mean your eyes are bad. It is a condition of the eye where the front surface of the eye, the cornea has an irregular curvature. This affects the ability to focus which results in blurry vision. One could say that instead of a football the cornea’s shape is like of a rugby ball.  Standard spherical lenses will not correct the vision issues associated with astigmatism. Therefore Contact lenses for astigmatism also known as toric contact lenses are usually prescribed. Some symptoms of astigmatism include

Here are the most common signs and symptoms of astigmatism:

  • Blurred vision
  • Tired eyes
  • Irritated Eyes or feeling of discomfort
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Not able to decipher between similar letters  e.g. E and F
  • Headache
  • Squinting to focus

You can view our Toric or our Contact Lenses for Astigmatism on this link.  To sum up your choices , if you are looking for toric lenses or lenses for astigmatism you can opt for

1.Daily Toric Lenses:  daily disposable toric contact lenses , which are thrown out after a single day’s use.

Dailies for Astigmatism by ALCON

1Day Moist for Astigmatism by J&J


2.Monthly Toric Lenses:  monthly disposable contact lenses are thrown out after 1 month from opening 

Air Optix for Astigmatism by ALCON

Soflens Torics by B&J

Purevision for Astigmatism by B&L


3.Biweekly – disposable contact lenses thrown out after 2 weeks from opening 

Oasys for Astigmatism by J&J

 Disclaimer: The author is not an optometrist, optician  or ophthalmologist . This article has been compiled using several internet  reference sources. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. However, this cannot be guaranteed. No brand or product preference is inferred or intended . The contents of this article are not to be used in any way to inform a decision regarding aspects of contact lens use.