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Astigmatism


Astigmatism is a very common eye condition that's easily corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses and on some occasions, surgery.

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Diagnosis & Treatment by Your Eye Doctor in North Austin

If you experience problems with your eyesight, we invite you to book an eye exam in our North Austin office. Our optometrist will inspect your vision and eyes to make a precise diagnosis and determine the most effective treatment. At , our North Austin eye doctor is skilled and experienced in diagnosing and treating astigmatism - so you see crisp and clear.

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism occurs when your eye is not entirely round. In truth, astigmatism is present in almost everyone – but it only leads to blurry vision at a certain degree.

Think of your eye as a spherical ball. Usually, when light enters your eye it bends evenly. This creates a sharp image of what you see on the tissues at the back of your inner eye. However, if you have astigmatism your eye is shaped more like an elliptical football. As a result, the light is not bent evenly and only one part of the picture is transmitted clearly and in focus at one time.

What are the symptoms of astigmatism?

When this vision condition is not diagnosed or it is left untreated, the symptoms are wavy or blurred vision. Objects viewed at any distance will appear distorted and you will not be able to bring them into focus.

Sometimes, this symptom is blamed mistakenly on eye fatigue or strain. But only a complete eye exam in North Austin can determine the problem; contact our eye doctor to book an appointment.

What is the treatment for astigmatism?

Eyeglasses or contact lenses can generally resolve astigmatism with success. If these forms of vision correction are not effective, surgery is sometimes necessary.

Also, astigmatism often occurs along with other vision conditions, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. Our eye doctor in North Austin will make sure that your vision prescription corrects all refractive error accurately, along with astigmatism. Be aware that with time, astigmatism may worsen – so watch out for any changes. If you notice that your eyesight becomes blurry again, it’s time to book an eye exam in our North Austin office. We will conduct vision testing and a detailed examination to prescribe the updated vision correction that you need.

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Frequently Asked Questions On Astigmatism

Q: Are disposable contact lenses good for my eyes?
A: Everyone has different eyes. Some people can wear contacts overnight while some patients are never good candidates for contacts. It is best to let your eye doctor determine which contacts are a good option for you.

Q: What are the pros of daily disposable contact lenses?
A: Daily disposable contact lenses are great for many reasons. The risk of infection is reduced, because a new sterile lens is used everyday, and there is no need to clean the lens or the case. This is also a great option for patients who have allergies, contact lens solution sensitivities, or dry eye, as it eliminates the buildup of contaminants on the lenses, which can exacerbate those problems. Dailies make for a low-maintenance and comfortable option for almost any patient!