Toric contact lenses are designed for those who have what’s called an astigmatism. Your optician should tell you if you have an astigmatism, but if you’re not sure, you can usually tell by looking at your prescription and checking for CYL or CYL/AXIS values. If you have powers for these values then you have an astigmatism and you should use toric contact lenses. Why do you need special contact lenses? Well, an astigmatism means that the shape of your eye’s lens is slightly irregular and so you need a specially designed lens to correct your vision and fit your eye. Astigmatism is fairly common so you will find that all the major contact lens brands offer toric contact lenses.