Astigmatism is a common problem in which your cornea has an irregular curve. It causes blurry vision and is often present along with nearsightedness or farsightedness. With help from Farrah A. Khoja, OD, the caring optometrist at Vision Source of Crystal Falls in Leander, Texas, astigmatism is easily corrected so you can enjoy your best vision. Use the online appointment maker or call the office to make your appointment today.
If you have astigmatism, your cornea or lens has an irregular shape. This makes it difficult to focus light coming into your eye, and the result can be blurred vision. Astigmatism is so common that nearly everyone has some level of it.
Mild astigmatism might not cause any noticeable changes in your vision, while moderate-to-severe astigmatism can require treatment.
While blurriness or other vision distortion is the main symptom of astigmatism, it’s definitely not the only problem that can occur. Some astigmatism sufferers also experience headaches and eye strain, both common results of squinting to see clearly.
Astigmatism is often hereditary, and many sufferers have it from the time they’re born. Other possible causes include eye trauma, corneal scars, or keratoconus, a vision disorder that causes cone-shaped corneas.
Mild astigmatism usually needs no treatment. But if you start to experience symptoms later, several effective solutions are available. Many astigmatism sufferers simply need a new prescription for glasses or contact lenses. You might need special astigmatism contacts, called toric lenses.
Orthokeratology (ortho-k) might be a good treatment option if you suffer from severe astigmatism. Ortho-k lenses are rigid contacts that you wear at night. As you sleep, the ortho-k lenses reshape your distorted cornea, flattening it out and correcting astigmatism.
Ortho-k lenses are also often used in keratoconus cases. If you wear ortho-k lenses, you need to wear them consistently every night so you can enjoy clear vision during the day.
Another option for severe astigmatism is laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). If you need LASIK, Dr. Khoja can refer you to a trusted local ophthalmologist who can perform the surgery. Dr. Khoja will continue managing all of your eye care before the LASIK surgery, and you’ll also see her for follow-ups afterward.
At Vision Source of Crystal Falls, Dr. Khoja and her experienced support team are ready to help patients get their best vision ever, even with astigmatism. Use the online scheduler or call the office to make your appointment today.