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Of the three most common types of vision problems, (astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness) astigmatism is probably the least known and understood. In fact, many astigmatism patients come into our office at Space Center Eye Associates thinking they are nearsighted and that the condition is getting worse. Unlike the other two conditions, astigmatism will affect your eyesight at any distance, making it doubly important for you to have a thorough eye exam to get the right eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct your vision.
The front of your eye is called the cornea. In most cases, the cornea is round like a basketball. In patients with astigmatism, the cornea is shaped more like a football, measuring significantly larger in one direction than the other. This can cause a variety of symptoms, including:
You may be surprised with a diagnosis of astigmatism at your regular eye exam. If you're noticing symptoms that might lead to that diagnosis, it's important that you call our office to see one of our optometrists. Once we know the extent of distortion in your cornea, we can prescribe the right eyeglasses or contact lenses to give you clear vision again, both far away and for close up work.
For the clearest vision possible, it's likely our optometrist will suggest hard-to-fit contact lenses. These lenses have multiple prescriptions built in, each one matching a different portion of your eye, to make sure you're seeing clearly in all parts of the field of vision. Two of the most common options are soft toric contact lenses, which are specially designed to stay in one position on your eye, and gas permeable contact lenses. Both of these options eliminate the problem of poor peripheral vision that sometimes happens with eyeglasses.
The first step to being able to see clearly, with astigmatism or any other vision problem, is having a comprehensive eye examination. Our optometrists, along with our caring and professional staff, are here to help you on that road to clearer vision. Contact our office at 281-480-1002 to request an appointment, and we'll schedule a consultation that fits in with your busy lifestyle.
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