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Posted on 12-27-2017

Astigmatism: FAQs From Your San Antonio Optometrist

The following are some frequently asked questions about astigmatism:

image of astigmatism in eye

What is an Astigmatism Condition?

Astigmatism is a vision issue that causes difficulty in the eye’s ability to focus the light that enters it. Because of this, vision becomes blurry at every distance ranging from near to far. However, astigmatism is not a disease; rather, it is a vision condition, and it is actually quite common. It is often concurrent with other vision refractive errors such as farsightedness and nearsightedness.

Why Do Some People Get Astigmatism?

Astigmatism usually occurs when the cornea (front) of the eye is more oval shaped rather than rounded. This distortion causes issues of focus within the eye. Because it is an issue of the shape of the eye, astigmatism tends to be hereditary. However, it can also be caused by pressure buildup within the eyes related to the cornea. In some cases, it can be caused by trauma to the eye, a scarred cornea or the vision issue of keratoconus.

How Do You Treat Astigmatism?

Treating astigmatism involves correction with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses fitted to the more oblong shape of the cornea by your eye doctor in San Antonio. LASIK eye surgery can also help by changing the shape of cornea to be more rounded and effective at focusing light.

Another type of procedure called orthokeratology works through using a series of rigid contact lenses that gradually improve the vision over a period of time. It’s important to consult with a qualified doctor of optometry to decide which treatment is the most ideal.

Again, just about everybody has some degree of astigmatism. For those who start to have impairment issues, there are treatments and interventions from your San Antonio eye doctor that can help. Regular visits to your optometrist in San Antonio can assist with monitoring the condition of astigmatism and taking the necessary steps for optimal treatment and vision.

Contact Us To Learn More

If you suspect you might have astigmatism, contact your San Antonio optometrist Vision Source Castle Hills for insights and information. Dr. Raul Trevino and the rest of our staff look forward to working with you so that you can enjoy the best vision possible for a lifetime!


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