Astigmatism

At Today's Vision Bluverde, we understand that you might have questions about your vision and eye care. Whether you just came in for a visit to your favorite San Antonio optometrist for an eye exam where you were diagnosed with astigmatism, or you have symptoms of astigmatism that you want tested, we are here to provide all of the information you might need to learn more about astigmatism

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What Is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a fancy way of saying that your eye is not completely round. While that might sound scary or rare, it is actually fairly common. When your eye is not shaped like a perfect ball, light bends differently and unevenly through the eye and can affect the way that images are perceived. It is not life threatening or dangerous, but can be quite irritating or troublesome. If your astigmatism is especially severe, it can cause major vision issues.

What Are the Symptoms of Astigmatism?

The main symptoms of astigmatism have to do with blurred vision. This can feel like eye fatigue or eyestrain, but does not go away. If you have blurred vision, it is a sign of some sort of eye issue that can sometimes be astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness. It can also be a combination of these conditions.

What Treatment Options Are Available for Astigmatism?

Some people with a low degree of astigmatism might not even notice the issue, and can live a life without correction for their astigmatism. For those with a moderate to severe astigmatism, there are a couple of treatment suggestions your eye doctor might make after an eye exam. Astigmatism can be corrected with two different methods:

  • Corrective lenses are one way that astigmatism can be treated. Eyeglasses can be used to correct your vision. Many might believe that they could not wear contact lenses with astigmatism, but there are specialty lenses that are made specifically for those with astigmatism.
  • Refractive surgery is another way that astigmatism can be corrected. This surgery will reshape your cornea with a laser. If your astigmatism is especially bad, or you are simply tired of using corrective lenses, talk to your doctor about the types of eye surgery that you are eligible for.

Now that you have more information about astigmatism, we hope that you feel more informed about your vision needs. Come see us today at Today's Vision Bulverde for a thorough eye exam with a great San Antonio optometrist.  

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