Astigmatism Treatment in Houston
Astigmatism is a condition that affects your distance vision. You may notice that objects far away look blurry. It can even impact your close-up vision in some cases. Fortunately, our eye doctors in Houston at Pearland Eye Care can provide you with the necessary treatment. While routine screenings help detect it, you may want to look for the signs that you have astigmatism. Let’s take a closer look at this condition.
A normal eyeball looks just like its name says, a ball. This shape allows light to properly shine on the retina to capture images. However, when you have astigmatism, your eye is more shaped like a football. As a result, the light does not shine on your retina properly. The light rays that enter do not bend the same way. It causes two different images to form. The images may overlap or combine, which causes them to look blurry. As a result, you don't see clearly as you could if your eye was shaped like a ball.
Signs of Astigmatism
Astigmatism may cause your vision to appear blurred or distorted. Particularly, this occurs with your distance vision first and may eventually affect your up-close vision. You may frequently suffer from eyestrain or discomfort and find yourself squinting frequently. Sometimes, headaches develop as well. For most people, astigmatism affects their night vision.
Our eye doctors can diagnose astigmatism during a routine eye care appointment. For this test, your eye doctor will test both of your eyes. You will have to look into a magnifying device with two lenses. The eye doctor will test one eye at a time. During the test, you will have to look at a series of pictures in groups of two. You will need to identify which one looks clearer. Based on the results, our optometrist can determine if you have astigmatism and to what degree.
Fortunately, glasses and contacts can both treat astigmatism. You may, however, need a specific type of contact lens known as toric lenses or ones for astigmatism to correct your vision adequately. These lenses have different focusing powers at different meridians. Often, they are weighted at the bottom. That way, they remain in position in your eye better than a standard pair of contacts.
Get Quality Eye Care in Houston, TX
Our optometrists will perform the proper testing and determine the appropriate vision correction for your needs. Contact Pearland Eye Care in Houston today at (713) 991-4100 for a routine eye exam appointment with one of our eye doctors.