Theoretical optics of toric hydrogel contact lenses

Weissman, B.A.

American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics 63(7): 536-538


ISSN/ISBN: 0093-7002
PMID: 3740208
DOI: 10.1097/00006324-198607000-00006
Accession: 029442949

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Toric hydrogel contact lenses are used when spherical lenses prove inadequate at correcting refractive error due to astigmatism. A model of hydrogel contact lens flexure effects allows theoretical investigation of the in situ optical power of toric soft contact lenses. Total meridional power is believed to be the sum of meridional lens power and entrapped tear layer power if any, and not due to lens form or flexure when considering low-minus powered lenses. The clinician should reduce astigmatic power correction both to allow for minus tear lens effects in thicker meridians and to decrease variable visual results due to misrotation.