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What Is an Astigmatism and How Is It Corrected?

What Is an Astigmatism and How Is It Corrected?

An astigmatism is a common condition that can impact one’s eye health. At Aker Kasten Eye Center, we welcome patients to undergo evaluations in our practice to check for this and other vision concerns on an annual basis. If you have recently received a diagnosis of an astigmatism in one or both eyes, it may be time to learn more about this condition and how it impacts your vision.

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is best descried as a cornea that is unevenly curved. The cornea is present on the front of the eye and is often dome-shaped. However, if the cornea is not properly curved, it can impact one’s vision. I most cases, patients with astigmatism will have blurry vision that can be improved with the use of prescription eyeglasses.

How is astigmatism treated?

The only way to really address astigmatism is with surgical intervention. This includes LASIK eye surgery that can help in reshaping the eye. At the same time, patients who need vision correction can improve their vision and eliminate the need for corrective lenses while improving their astigmatism. When patients have LASIK eye surgery performed to correct their astigmatism, the results are permanent. This makes surgical treatment a smart investment for those who are worried about their vision imperfections caused by astigmatism. Most patients with astigmatism and other vision concerns are appropriate candidates for LASIK eye surgery, and should ask their doctor about treatment.

Can I wear contacts if I have astigmatism?

Absolutely! Continued advances have been made over the years in vision health and wellness, and patients with astigmatism may still wear contact lenses. Special contact lenses caused toric soft lenses can be used for patients with astigmatism to allow them to ditch the eyeglasses and correct their vision in an alternative manner.

Do you want to learn more about astigmatism?

If you live in the Boca Raton, FL area and have been diagnosed with an astigmatism, it is important that you educate yourself further on your condition. The doctors at Aker Kasten Eye Center can help. Call (561) 338-7722 to schedule an appointment at 1445 Northwest Boca Raton Boulevard.