Astigmatism Signs and Symptoms
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:
- Blurred or distorted vision at all distances, close up as well as far away
- Eye strain and headaches, especially after reading, doing crafts, or any other close-up work
- Squinting to make it easier to focus
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.
Looking for a Houston Optometrist for Astigmatism Correction?
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.