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Astigmatism is one of the most common vision problems and tends to worsen as we age. The good news is that you have an optometrist in Los Angeles, CA at Westchester Eyecare Center who can diagnose and effectively treat Astigmatism.
When a person is born with or develops this condition their cornea is not round but rather oval shaped. This results in an inability for the cornea to focus light correctly on the retina. Because light is misdirected, objects both far away and close up are blurred.
Yes. Your optometrist can determine the severity of your astigmatism and prescribe glasses or contacts that restore 20/20 vision.
When you have mild astigmatism you may not notice blurriness at all but rather attribute distorted vision to fatigue or straining your eyes. When your eyes are having to work overtime to focus on objects the result can be headaches and eye dryness. The only way to diagnose astigmatism by way of a complete eye exam.
Your eye specialist administers various tests such a refraction, visual acuity, and at times a keratometry test. These tests involve:
Most people with astigmatism have reoccurring farsightedness or nearsightedness.
Yes. When astigmatism is not corrected it usually worsens due to continued eye strain. A regular eye exam ensures you have the correct strength lenses to improve your cornea's refracting abilities and that your astigmatism doesn't worsen with age.
Yes! A special type of soft contacts (Toric) made from standard hydrogel material or silicone hydrogel enable your eyes to receive healthy amounts of oxygen. Rigid, gas permeable contact lenses may also be prescribed if needed.
Your optometrist will discuss with you which astigmatism contact lens best suited to your vision needs and lifestyle.
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