The 10 Best Selling Contacts for Astigmatism – 2021 (Updated)

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Do you suffer from astigmatism? If so, then you need contact lenses that are specifically designed to correct astigmatism called toric contact lenses. In this post, you’ll learn about the best-selling contact lenses for astigmatism, and you’ll also gain a clearer understanding of what astigmatism is and how you can address it through contact lenses.

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is one of those things you either understand or don’t. We’re going to try to give you a working understanding in this post. Think of your eye as an optical device. All the optical devices you’ve ever seen are precision instruments, from a cheap magnifying glass to a pair of binoculars, to a camera. All the lenses and cases are manufactured to very high tolerances. This is done so the light focuses the way you want it to, to achieve the desired result: a clear picture, a clear image,  a single focal point. The human eye is the same. If a clear (properly focused) image lands on the back of the eye, you see what you’re looking at clearly and sharply. 

Our eyes are not made to high tolerances in a factory. Not everyone has a pair of perfect optical devices in their head. Many people have oddly shaped or distorted elements in their eyes. Looking at them you can’t tell, they look just fine: you need the type of instruments an eye doctor has in his office to determine the imperfections.

There are two main reasons for astigmatism. The first is that the shape of the cornea is not perfect. It’s the first part of the eye that starts bending the light. Under normal circumstances, the cornea of your eye is in the shape of a perfect sphere. This shape is what gives you clear vision because it allows light to pass through the cornea and bend evenly. Anything but a perfect shape will cause distortion. However, with astigmatism, the cornea of the eye isn’t a perfect sphere. The uneven shape causes light to bend more in one direction than another. Only part of what you see is in focus, which results in blurry vision, especially for distant objects.

The second reason is the shape of the eyeball.  Picture a camera with a bend in the film holder or a movie screen with a bulge in it. Even if the image coming from the lens is clear it will be distorted by the shape of the screen it’s landing on. Same with your eyes. People with astigmatism have an eyeball that looks a bit more like a football shape than a baseball shape. You can’t tell by looking at the eye, it’s a very small difference. The good news is both types or the combination of both can be easily corrected with contact lenses. 

Fun fact: The images that appear on your retina are upside down! Your brain flips them right side up!

What causes astigmatism?

The vast majority of people with astigmatism were born with the condition, but experts still have no explanation as to what causes astigmatism. In rare cases, people can get astigmatism through an eye injury or a disease.

What are the symptoms of astigmatism?

Symptoms of astigmatism include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Squinting

If you are suffering from one or more of these symptoms, you might want to visit an eye care professional and take an eye exam.

What makes for an ideal toric contact lens?

Toric lenses are different from spherical lenses. The distortions in the cornea and the shape of the eyeball have a particular orientation (direction) like a ridge across the cornea. Don’t look in the mirror for a ridge, you won’t be able to see one! Remember, these are microscopic variations in the surface of the eye and the shape of the eyeball. To correct your vision the contact lens needs to stay put, it can’t rotate freely, like a spherical lens can. How did the contact lens manufacturers deal with this requirement? Very ingeniously. They made the lens a little thicker at the top than at the bottom. They call it a prism or a ballast, or for fun…a prism ballast, clever fellows. Every time you blink your eye, the eyelid reorients the contact lens so the correction in the lens aligns with the variation in your eye. This focuses the image in one spot on the back of your eye and you see a crisp clean image.

Why are some astigmatism lenses so much more popular than others?

That’s one of those questions that requires a lot of understanding of the contact lens market (and marketing). More than most people really want to know. It goes like this. Contact lenses for astigmatism work. Most of them are comfortable and when worn according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and guidelines provided by your eye doctor, will provide you with years of comfortable, clear vision.

The two biggest sellers are Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism and Biofinity Toric (manufacturers refer to contact lenses which are used to treat astigmatism as ‘toric lenses’). Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism is a 1-2 week lens (take out daily, clean, replace after 2 weeks) and Biofinity Toric is a monthly lens (take out daily and clean, replace after 30 days).

What are the best contact lenses for astigmatism?

Your eye care professional will recommend specific contact lenses based on your personal situation. However, it’s still ideal that you keep yourself informed. To that end, here is an overview of the 10 best-selling contact lenses on Lens.com updated for 2021 (based on official sales data) including the key features and benefits of each of the contact lenses. We’ve left the 2020 table so you can compare the couple of moves that have occurred thus far in 2021 (1st quarter). 1-Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism gained 2 spots and we have a new entrant in Acuvue OASYS 1-Day for Astigmatism.

A note on if there can really be a “best astigmatism contact lens”?

No, it’s misleading to claim there can be a best lens for everyone, as some lists claim. Be aware too that some sites use affiliate links that earn a commission as you click through to a product and make a purchase (there’s nothing wrong with this but something to be aware of). We do not use such links on Eyestyle. There are hard metrics that allow you to compare one astigmatism lens to another, for example water content or material type, but not every person will or can appreciate the qualities of various contacts the same way. Some individuals are used to hyrdogel lenses, while others prefer the added breath-ability of silicone hydrogel lenses. Some prefer thinner lenses, others do not. There are different approaches to how manufacturers ensure correct orientation of contacts as they rest on your eyes (a requirement of toric lenses), and there’s no clear right or wrong way to do this. As it’s a highly individualized recommendation that your ECP makes, the best service we can perform is to expand your awareness a little of what other contacts and brands are out there in the hopes it may spark conversations with your ECP when they come up (not only various contacts but various contact types are on this list, including daily lenses, 2-week lenses, and monthly toric lenses which you may not be aware of).

Rank Summary: The Top Astigmatism Contacts of 2021
1. Acuvue OASYS for Astigmatism
2. 1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST for Astigmatism
3. AIR OPTIX for Astigmatism
4. Biofinity Toric
5. SofLens Toric
6. Acuvue OASYS 1-Day for Astigmatism
7. DAILIES AquaComfort Plus Toric
8. Proclear Toric
9. ULTRA for Astigmatism
10. Biotrue ONEday for Astigmatism

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Rank Summary: The Top Astigmatism Contacts of 2020
1. Acuvue OASYS for Astigmatism
2. Biofinity Toric
3. AIR OPTIX for Astigmatism
4. 1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST for Astigmatism
5. SofLens Toric
6. DAILIES AquaComfort Plus Toric
7. Proclear Toric
8. ULTRA for Astigmatism
9. ACUVUE VITA for Astigmatism
10. Biotrue ONEday for Astigmatism
top 10 selling contacts
  1. Acuvue OASYS for Astigmatism

ACUVUE OASYS contact lenses for astigmatism are designed to provide both visual stability and comfort to wearers with astigmatism.

  • Replacement schedule
    • Two-week contact lenses 
  • Material
    • Senofilcon A (62% polymer)
  • Water content
    • 38% water
  • Features
    • Equipped with HYDRACLEAR® PLUS technology that helps maintain a stable tear film
    • Highest level of UV protection available in a contact lens
  • Lenses per box
    • Six contact lenses per box

  1. Biofinity Toric

Biofinity Toric contact lenses are designed to give you both comfort and vision stability.

  • Replacement schedule
    • Monthly contact lenses
  • Material
    • Comfilcon A (52% polymer)
  • Water content
    • 48% water
  • Features
    • Aquaform technology retains water in your eyes so that you feel comfortable even with continuous wear
    • High level of breathability for clearer and healthier eyes
  • Lenses per box
    • Six contact lenses per box

  1. AIR OPTIX for Astigmatism

AIR OPTIX contact lenses for astigmatism are designed for maximum breathability. These lenses will provide you with both comfort and clear vision.

  • Replacement schedule
    • Monthly contact lenses
  • Material
    • Lotrafilcon B (67% polymer)
  • Water content
    • 33% water
  • Features
    • PRECISION BALANCE 8|4 lens design that keeps the contact lenses in place while you’re wearing them
    • Provides you with consistently clear vision without sacrificing comfort
  • Lenses per box
    • Six contact lenses per box

  1. 1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST for Astigmatism

With 1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST contact lenses for astigmatism, you get the perfect balance of comfort, stability, and performance.

  • Replacement schedule
    • Daily disposable contact lenses
  • Material
    • Etafilcon A (42% polymer)
  • Water content
    • 58% water
  • Features
    • Designed to maximize the power of your blinking to provide clarity and stability of vision throughout the day
    • LACREON® technology creates a cushion of moisture for your eyes that lasts all day
  • Lenses per box
    • 30 or 90 contact lenses per box

  1. SofLens Toric

SofLens Toric contact lenses are designed to provide not just clear and stable vision, but also exceptional comfort.

  • Replacement schedule
    • One to two-week disposable contact lenses
  • Material
    • Alphaphilcon A (34% polymer)
  • Water content
    • 66% water
  • Features
    • Lo-Torque design that maintains visual stability during wear, thereby preventing blurred vision
    • The contact lens material prevents deposit buildup
  • Lenses per box
    • Six contact lenses per box

  1. DAILIES AquaComfort Plus Toric

DAILIES AquaComfort Plus Toric contact lenses are equipped with blink-activated moisture technology that gives you maximum comfort and stable vision throughout the day.

  • Replacement schedule
    • Daily disposable contact lenses
  • Material
    • Nelfilcon A (31% polymer)
  • Water content
    • 69% water
  • Features
    • Lenses release a moisturizing agent each time you blink
    • No cleaning necessary
  • Lenses per box
    • 90 contact lenses per box

  1. Proclear Toric

Proclear Toric contact lenses correct astigmatism and also prevent dryness and discomfort.

  • Replacement schedule
    • Monthly contact lenses
  • Material
    • Omafilcon A (38% polymer)
  • Water content
    • 62% water
  • Features
    • Lenses keep your eyes comfortable even after 12 hours of wear
    • Patented PC Technology provides exceptional resistance to dryness
  • Lenses per box
    • Six contact lenses per box

  1. ULTRA for Astigmatism

Bausch + Lomb ULTRA contact lenses for astigmatism are equipped with OpticAlign technology that provides consistently clear vision and spherical aberration control that helps reduce glare.  

  • Replacement schedule
    • Monthly contact lenses
  • Material
    • Samfilcon A (54% polymer)
  • Water content
    • 42% water
  • Features
    • MoistureSeal Technology that helps maintain lens moisture even after 16 hours of wear
    • Easy insertion due to orientation marks on the contact lenses
  • Lenses per box
    • Six contact lenses per box

  1. ACUVUE VITA for Astigmatism

ACUVUE VITA contact lenses for astigmatism have a BLINK-STABILIZED design that takes advantage of your natural blinking to provide you with long-lasting comfort and stable vision.

  • Replacement schedule
    • Monthly contact lenses
  • Material
    • Senofilcon A (59% polymer)
  • Water content
    • 41% water
  • Features
    • Highest UV protection available in a contact lens
    • HydraMax Technology that maintains lens hydration throughout the month
  • Lenses per box
    • Six contact lenses per box

  1. Biotrue ONEday for Astigmatism

Biotrue ONEday contact lenses for astigmatism correct blurry vision, provide moisture for your eyes, and protect your eyes from both UVA and UVB rays.

  • Replacement schedule
    • Daily disposable contact lenses 
  • Material
    • Nesofilcon A (22% polymer)
  • Water content
    • 78% water
  • Features
    • Maintains almost 100% of the lenses’ moisture even after 16 hours of wear
    • Designed to reduce halos and glare.
  • Lenses per box
    • 30 contact lenses per box

Conclusion

We find little concentration of brands and manufacturers when it comes to the top-selling toric lenses, meaning there’s a good variety for wearers to choose from or consider switching to. Lens.com has a large inventory of contact lenses for astigmatism that includes all the major brands featured on this list and others. We have toric contacts with a variety of replacement schedules such as daily, bi-weekly, and monthly. To ensure that you find the right contact lenses, keep the list mentioned in this blog post in mind and consult with your eye care professional.

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Bonus: FAQs about astigmatism contact lenses

Are toric lenses and astigmatism lenses the same thing?

Yes, they are one in the same. Astigmatism is a condition of the eye (an imperfection in its curvature), while toric is a type of a lens designed to correct it. Confusion may arise because ‘toric lenses’ are also referred to as ‘astigmatism lenses’, but they refer to the same thing. Instead of just one power that a regular contact lens has, toric lenses have two: one for distance vision and one for astigmatism.

Do astigmatism lenses cost more than regular contacts (what’s the least expensive one)?

Yes, toric lenses are more expensive than their standard lens counterparts. Toric lenses incur greater development costs from manufactures and are slightly more complex to produce. Their difference varies from product to product but the range of difference is between 25-75% or more for toric lenses. As an example: Acuvue Vita has a MSRP/non-promotional price of $43.89 for a 6-pack, while Acuvue Vita for Astigmatism costs $58.39 (a 33% premium).

Are there daily contacts for astigmatism?

Yes there are a number of them to choose from: 1-Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism, Biotrue ONEday for Astigmatism, and Dailies Aquacomfort Plus Toric are a few examples.

 

Bonus: 6 interesting facts about astigmatism

  1. Genetics – astigmatism is a condition less related to old age and more related to genetics. The advancement of blurriness brought on by increasing irregularly shaped cornea is completely out of your control.
  2. Lasik to the rescue – for individuals that are good candidates for the procedure, Lasik surgery can correct astigmatism by reshaping the cornea. There are limits though for who can qualify. 
  3. More than 1 – there are actually 3 types of astigmatism: myopic, hyperopic, and mixed, and pertain to near and farsightedness.
  4. A predominance – just like most individuals don’t retain perfect vision throughout their lives, most of us have or will develop some type and level of astigmatism during our lives, even if it’s very mild.
  5. Glasses vs contacts – there are specialized glasses that can also correct for astigmatism, but typically don’t provide as wide a field of vision as toric contacts do. 
  6. An age-old condition – initial research to understand astigmatism was performed in the late 1700s. By the mid-1800s astigmatism was a well-understood concept in ophthalmology.