Toric Contact Lenses

Ayo: “Cynthia, how are you? It’s been a long while.
Cynthia: “Ehehn… Ayo is that you?  You look different. There’s something about you I just can’t place my finger on.”
Ayo: Laughing “Is it my weight loss or my weave?”
Cynthia: “No, I don’t think so.  Aah! I’ve got it! How could you see me from across the street?  I remember then you had difficulty recognizing people from afar. You’re not with those thick glasses you used to wear.  What happened? Did you visit a healer?”
Ayo: Smiles “Come on girl, haven’t you heard of contact lenses?”
Cynthia: “Contact Lenses? You mean they can produce contact lenses for people like you with high astigmatism? That’s what you told me you had then, isn’t it?”
Ayo: “Yes and Yes I still have high astigmatic refractive error. I use what we call a toric contact lens.”
Let’s take a break from the amateur acting! I doff my hat to you all in the movie industry.
Now to my field.
What are Toric Contact Lenses?
A toric contact lens is a lens with different optical powers and focal lengths in two orientations perpendicular to each other. Imagine a donut. Then take a slice off the side of that donut.  That’s a toric lens.
A toric contact lens is another option over spectacles for people with astigmatism. Astigmatism comes to play when the cornea or the lens in the eye is curved in such a way that the refraction differs between two planes, such as, the vertical and horizontal planes. This would cause blurring of vision and sometimes vertical lines would appear to tilt.  It is one of the reasons why people skip lines when they read.
Toric contact lenses are manufactured in such a way that they easily fit unto your eyes.  They have some features which include lens truncating (the bottom of the lens is cut off a little), thin-thick zones and ballasting.
Toric contact lenses can only be prescribed by your doctor and fitting is especially important to ensure comfort and clarity during wear. They can come in different wear schedules (disposables, extended etc.) or different colours. They also come in Rigid Permeable Lenses (hard lenses) or Soft lenses.
So consult with your doctor today and get one to fit your prescription and lifestyle.
Dr. Zita Othe