If you have astigmatism, fortunately it does not mean you are stuck your entire life with wearing glasses. There are specialized contact lenses available called “toric” contacts, which were developed specially for astigmatism. And the best part is you can wear colored toric contacts. So you can just find out what colors are available, and which would be the most suitable for you.
The main difference between a ‘regular’ contact lens vs a ‘toric’ contact lens are that the ‘toric’s’ come in two powers. The first is for astigmatism, and the other is for short or long-sightedness. Also, the contact lens itself is usually thicker on the the bottom, this to prevent the contacts from rotating in your eye.
The material or substance that’s used for colored toric contact lenses is the same used in ordinary contacts. They are also available in soft or rigid gas permeable (RBP). RGP contact lenses however, do not usually come in colored varieties. This is because these lens are smaller than the iris (which is the colored part of the eye). So if you’re interested in colored toric contact lenses for astigmatism, they are only available as a soft lens.
What Colored ‘Toric’ Contacts For Astigmatism Are Available?
One company where colored toric contacts are currently available is Ciba vision, Freshlook Colorblends. Freshlook Colorblends are opaque, meaning they are suitable for those with light or dark eyes. The most common and popular colors offered by Freshlook Colorblends torics are: blue, green, gray and honey.
Custom toric colored contacts are also available. These obviously would cost a bit more. The custom made color contacts are usually tradition RBP lenses, while the more affordable Freshlook Colorblends are monthly disposables.
What Is Astigmatism?
First of all, you’re probably wondering, what is Astigmatism? Astigmatism just happens to be the most common type of vision impairment, and most people with vision problems all have it to a certain point. So how would you know or find out if you have astigmatism? Well, most likely, you would not be able to notice or know of any symptoms at all. The most common is your vision would be slightly blurred.
As the majority of astigmatism symptoms are minimal or even undetected, it’s important that you correct this condition. The reason is because the longer the astigmatism is uncorrected, it can eventually lead to further symptoms, the most common being constant headaches and eyestrain. The minor symptoms can be distorted or mild blurred vision from all distances. That is the main reason why astigmatism may be accompanied with nearsightedness or farsightedness.
What Causes Astigmatism?
To go all technical on you, astigmatism is usually caused by an irregular or abnormal shaped cornea. It can also be a defect in the shape of the eyes lens. This lens is located right behind the cornea. To correct astigmatism usually requires: dreaded eyeglasses, contact lenses, or by refractive surgery. If you choose to use contact lenses to correct astigmatism, as mentioned, there is only one certain kind of lens that can be used.
Toric Colored Contact Lenses For Astigmatism
So if you’re vision is astigmatic, yes you can still look pretty. And yes, toric lenses are available in variety of colors, allowing you to change or enhance your natural eye color. These lenses are even available as disposables, but the preferred and recommended is the non-disposable type.