Discover what color contacts for astigmatism are available on the market and why it's hard to find toric colored contact lenses.
Years ago, it was difficult for someone with astigmatism (where the cornea has an irregular shape causing blurry vision) to wear contact lenses.
My brother tried for months to wear contacts, but his astigmatism was so bad, he just had to give up. Being vain and trying to "get the girls," he didn't even bother to wear glasses when going to nightclubs. Strange how many girls he asked out, only to find they weren't quite as pretty as he remembered in the nightclub!
But advances in technology means that astigmatism sufferers, even those with severe cases, can now wear contact lenses. And TORIC lenses, as contacts for astigmatism are known, are also available with colored tints, for people who want to change the color of their eyes.
For most people, the most comfortable lenses are soft ones, especially the disposable variety which don't require a complex cleaning and disinfecting regime. The problem with an astigmatism prescription, is that it has to allow for correcting the curvature of the eye (the astigmatism) and also cure any short or long-sightedness.
This means your prescription will have numbers for base curve (BC) and diameter (DIA) plus a cylinder number (CYL) and an AXIS number (the astigmatism part of the prescription).
Unfortunately, there aren't many disposable toric soft lenses available in a wide range of cylinder shapes (the popular brands only offer them in cyclinder sizes between -0.75 and -2.25) and as for color contacts for astigmatism, there is virtually no choice.
The popular Freshlook brand, for example, that used to offer color contacts for astigmatism no longer makes a toric lens. And there is nothing else available on the market other than a much more expensive custom-made lens )see below) if you are desperate to change your eye color and need a toric prescription.
The Boston ES RGP colored lens is a custom made lens available in 6 different colours including ice blue, green and brown, that can be custom manufactured in a variety of forms including toric for people with astigmatism.
Made from a patented oxygen-permeable material that allows the eyes to breathe, these low-maintenance contact lenses are hard-wearing, retain their shape when you blink and provide much sharper vision than other types of lenses.
Please be aware that as a toric lens has to correct the curvature of the eye, there is an additional cost over and above the basic custom price above. If you only have mild astigmatism, it may therefore be a better and much cheaper option for you to just use a soft normal single vision (not toric) colored contact lens for special occasions only.