Regain Clear Vision with Astigmatism Treatment
An astigmatism is a type of refractive error, like near or farsightedness, which affects the shape of your cornea. A normal cornea is round and shaped similarly to a basketball. Patients with astigmatism have oval corneas which are shaped more like footballs. The irregular shape of the cornea affects the way light enters the eye and causes blurry or distorted vision. At Montgomery Eye Care in Westminster and Northglenn, CO, we offer several treatments for astigmatism, including glasses and contacts. Our team, led by Dr. Jim E. Montgomery, can help correct your astigmatism for clearer vision.
The cornea and the lens are the areas of the eye which control how light enters and reaches the retina. When they are curved normally, light reaches the retina in a single point. However, when the surface of the cornea or lens is abnormal, the light arrives at the retina at multiple points, causing blurry or distorted vision. For many patients, astigmatism is accompanied by another refractive error, such as nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia).
At Montgomery Eye Care, we are committed to finding the right method for restoring the clarity of your vision.
The exact cause of astigmatism is unknown, but may be genetic as it is generally present from birth. In some cases, astigmatism can develop following an eye injury or surgery or occur due to a condition known as keratoconus, a progressive eye disease which affects the thickness and shape of the cornea.
Symptoms of Astigmatism
The main symptom of astigmatism is distorted vision. However, in mild form, this condition can go undetected for many years. Symptoms of an untreated astigmatism include:
- Eye strain
Dr. Montgomery or one of our other specialists can diagnose astigmatism during a comprehensive eye examination and recommend a treatment plan for you.
Treatment Options for Astigmatism
There are several treatment options available for patients with astigmatism. Our team can help you decide which option is best for your needs.
The most common treatment option for patients with astigmatism is prescription eyeglasses. A special cylindrical lens can compensate for the abnormal shape of the cornea and refocus light for clearer vision. If you also have hyperopia, myopia, or another refractive error known as presbyopia, you may need bifocals or progressive lenses to fully restore your vision.
In some cases, contact lenses can provide clearer vision and a wider field of view for astigmatism patients. However, standard soft lenses may not provide the necessary correction. Instead, you will likely need special toric contact lenses as the rigid lenses maintain their shape when placed on the cornea.
This treatment uses specialized rigid contact lenses to reshape the cornea. Patients wear the lenses for a limited time period, typically overnight, and then remove them. An orthokeratology does not permanently improve vision, but can provide individuals with moderate astigmatism temporarily clear vision for most of their daily activities.
Reshaping the cornea through a refractive surgical procedure can also correct an astigmatism. LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) are treatments that can alter the shape of the cornea to correct a variety of refractive errors.
See the World Clearly
When your eyes are affected by astigmatism or another refractive error, it can impact all of your daily activities. At Montgomery Eye Care, we are committed to finding the right method for restoring the clarity of your vision. Learn more about our comprehensive eye care services by contacting us online or calling (303) 252-9981 today.
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