Astigmatism is a prevalent vision issue that occurs when the cornea or lens of the eye is irregularly shaped. It is estimated that over 1 out of every 3 adults over 20 have astigmatism. It results in blurred or distorted vision, and can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Eyeglasses and contact lenses are two common ways to correct astigmatism. Eyeglasses have been used for centuries to improve vision, and they remain a popular choice for correcting astigmatism. They work by compensating for the irregular shape of the cornea or lens, and redirecting light to focus properly on the retina. Contact lenses, on the other hand, are worn directly on the eye and have become increasingly popular over the years due to their convenience and comfort.
Eyeglasses for astigmatism come in different lens designs, including toric lenses, which are specially shaped to correct astigmatism. Toric lenses have two powers, one for astigmatism correction and one for nearsightedness or farsightedness correction.
The amount of astigmatism correction needed determines the thickness and curvature of the lens.
Frames for eyeglasses come in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes, and can be customized to fit each patient's needs and preferences.
Eyeglasses can be a cost-effective option for astigmatism correction, especially for patients who do not want to wear contact lenses or undergo refractive surgery.
Contact lenses for astigmatism are also available in toric designs, and they work by aligning with the curvature of the cornea to correct astigmatism.
Contact lenses can provide clearer vision than eyeglasses for some patients because they are closer to the eye and do not have the same peripheral distortion as glasses.
There are various types of contact lenses, including soft, rigid gas permeable (RGP), and hybrid lenses that combine elements of both soft and RGP lenses.
Contact lenses require proper care and maintenance to avoid infections and other complications. You must follow the instructions of our optometrist carefully to ensure proper use and care of their lenses.
Ultimately, the choice between eyeglasses and contact lenses for astigmatism correction depends on the patient's individual needs and preferences. Our optometrist and opticians work closely with each patient to assess their visual needs and recommend the best option for them.
In addition to eyeglasses and contact lenses, there are other options for astigmatism correction, including refractive surgery such as LASIK. However, surgery may not be the best option for everyone, and we always recommend that you consider all their options before making a decision.
In conclusion, eyeglasses and contact lenses are effective options for correcting astigmatism and improving visual acuity. We are committed to providing our patients with personalized care and helping them achieve optimal visual health. If you're struggling with astigmatism-related blurry or distorted vision, you can reach out to your nearest Amplify EyeCare practice either via a call or in-person visit. Our team of eye care professionals is ready and equipped to provide you with the care you need.
Blurred or distorted vision could be a sign of astigmatism. Fortunately, our experienced optometrists offer personalized care and guidance to help you achieve optimal visual health. Don't let astigmatism hold you back from enjoying life to the fullest.