Some patients who come to their Boca Raton, FL area eye doctor for an examination to obtain contact lenses may be advised by their provider that they have an astigmatism. Though many patients have heard of this condition, most are not familiar with what it entails.
What is an astigmatism?
The natural corneal surface of the eye is most typically round. However, if this surface is more oval than round, patients will be diagnosed with a condition known as astigmatism. An astigmatism is characterized by blurry vision that can be corrected with:
- Specialized contact lenses
- Surgical intervention
When patients are visiting their eye doctor to obtain an examination for contact lenses and are advised that this condition is present, patients will require a different type of contact lens called toric lenses. These lenses are better suited for irregularly shaped eyes and can improve their vision’s clarity while allowing them to avoid the use of traditional glasses.
Who is affected by astigmatism?
Astigmatism can affect anyone at any age. Corneal astigmatism can be found during a routine eye examination at Aker Kasten Eye Center. Our doctors can provide a proper diagnosis and speak with patients regarding the ways in which an astigmatism may affect their choices in eye correct, whether it be with unconventional contact lenses or the need for surgical intervention.
Can I still wear contacts with an astigmatism?
In the past, patients who wanted to wear contacts but had an astigmatism were considered inappropriate candidates for contact lenses. However, lenses known as “toric lenses” are special contacts that fit better around the cornea even if it is not perfectly round. These lenses may cost a little more than traditional contact lenses but can ensure proper fit and function for improved clarity.
Learn more about how astigmatism is affecting your eyesight
At Aker Kasten Eye Center, patients in and around Boca Raton, FL can learn about their condition and discuss ways in which they can improve their eyesight, even with astigmatism. Call (561) 338-7722 to learn more and work with a dedicate team to address this and other conditions that impact the eye.