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What Is Astigmatism and How Can It Be Treated?

Posted on April 9th, 2015

Clear vision is possible because the spherical surface of the cornea allows light to be evenly refracted by the lens and concentrated on the retina. However, most people do not have a completely spherical eye shape. The imperfection is often small enough that it does not affect vision, but it can be a problem when the eye has a distinctly oblong shape. This is referred to as astigmatism, and it can be the source of blurry vision in both near and far fields of vision.

Diagnosing astigmatism

Individuals with astigmatism may have co-occurring refractive disorders like myopia or hyperopia, and all these issues can be identified through a standard eye exam. Astigmatism may worsen over time, so it is important to continue seeing an ophthalmologist for annual eye exams even after corrective treatment has been prescribed. Below is a look at some of the possible solutions your doctor may offer for clearer vision with astigmatism.

Eyeglasses: A large number of people with astigmatism choose glasses for clearer vision. Eyeglasses are easy to care for, adjustable to your personal style, and feature lenses that can be enhanced for the sharpest vision possible.

Contact lenses: You may think that contact lenses are unavailable to you if you have astigmatism, but there are actually many types of contacts made specifically to address this issue. Contact lenses for astigmatism are specially designed to stay in place throughout the day while balancing the light passing through the cornea for more even, clear sight.

If you are not seeing clearly because of astigmatism or any refractive disorder, find the solution that works best for you by visiting FYidoctors. We utilize the most advanced diagnostic and testing equipment to get to the source of your unclear vision and offer exceptional treatment. Schedule a consultation to get your eyes tested today on our website.