Clear Vision: The Rise of Toric Contact Lenses for Astigmatism


For years, patients suffering from astigmatism were told they could not correct their vision by wearing contact lenses.  That all changed in 1978 when the first toric contact lens was approved for distribution.  By the late nineties astigmatic patients were able to finally wear disposable lenses and in 2002 CIBA Vision introduced Focus Dailies Toric, the worlds first daily disposable toric contact lens.

Toric lenses are manufactured with curvatures at different angles, one for astigmatism and the other nearsightedness or farsightedness.  In order to provide crisp vision, it is not acceptable for a toric lens to rotate on your eye so the lenses are made with a mechanism that keeps the lens stable.

Today, patients suffering from astigmatism have a plethora of choices.  There is a range of disposable toric lenses available including daily disposable, 1-2 week disposable and monthly disposable lenses.

There are also color toric lenses that can enhance or change the color of your eyes.  Colored toric contact lenses are available in both disposable and non-disposable.

Multifocal toric lenses to correct Presbyopia are also available.

Advancements in Toric Lens Materials for Enhanced Comfort

The evolution of toric contact lenses over the years has not only expanded the options available for astigmatism correction but has also significantly improved the comfort and health of the eyes for those who wear them. One of the most notable advancements in this field is the development of silicone hydrogel lenses. This material revolution has allowed for greater oxygen permeability compared to traditional hydrogel lenses, addressing one of the primary concerns of contact lens wearers: the risk of eye irritation and dryness. Silicone hydrogel toric lenses offer an enhanced wearing experience, especially for those who require prolonged use of their lenses throughout the day.

Innovative Designs for Stable and Comfortable Wear

In addition to material improvements, the design of toric contact lenses has seen significant innovation aimed at ensuring a stable fit on the eye. Traditional issues such as lens rotation, which can blur vision and reduce comfort, have been addressed through the introduction of optimized lens shapes and weighting. These design enhancements ensure that the lens maintains its proper orientation, providing consistent vision correction. Furthermore, manufacturers have introduced features like moisture-retaining agents that help keep the lenses comfortable for longer periods, making modern toric lenses a preferred choice for individuals seeking both clarity of vision and comfort in their corrective eyewear.


The journey of toric contact lenses from their inception to the latest advancements showcases a remarkable evolution in vision correction for individuals with astigmatism. Today’s lenses not only offer precise and stable correction but also prioritize wearer comfort and eye health through innovative materials and designs. As technology continues to advance, toric contact lenses will undoubtedly provide even more effective and comfortable solutions for those seeking clear vision and a better quality of life.