All You Need to Know About Astigmatism Treatment
Astigmatism is a common but often misunderstood vision condition that occurs when the eye is unable to focus light on the retina. People have problems seeing objects both near and far away, and may experience headaches or eye fatigue as a result.
Though refractive errors like astigmatism cannot be cured, our professionals at Eye Specialists of Napa Valley offer several solutions for clear vision. Schedule a vision consultation in Napa, CA to learn about glasses, contact lenses, refractive surgery, or refractive lens exchange surgery. Read below as we discuss these potential treatments for astigmatism and how they work.
What causes astigmatism?
The front surface of the eye (or cornea) is normally curved, but if it is curved more steeply in one direction or another, light does not focus evenly on the retina as it should. This is what results in blurry vision.
Astigmatism can be genetic, meaning it’s passed down from your parents or close relatives. A previous eye injury or medical condition like keratoconus can also change the cornea and how light is refracted.
People with astigmatism have problems reading, driving, and doing other activities that require clear vision. They may also experience headaches and eye fatigue from squinting or straining to see more clearly. Those with severe astigmatism may even be at risk for falls and other accidents, which is why we recommend consulting with an eye care professional for treatment as soon as possible.
How is astigmatism treated?
There are several options available for managing refractive errors. The best option depends on the severity of your condition, lifestyle preferences, and personal preferences. Eye Specialists of Napa Valley will perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine the best solution possible for your needs. Read about our astigmatism treatments in Napa, CA:
- Glasses or contact lenses: Lenses correct vision by bending the light in a specific way as it enters your eye. This is preferable among patients who are not suitable for or interested in surgery.
- Refractive surgery: Refractive procedures alter the shape of the cornea, so the light hits the cornea properly. There are several kinds of refractive surgery available, each with its own unique benefits and advantages.
- Lens exchange: This surgery involves replacing the natural lens of the eye with a clear artificial one. A lens exchange can be performed at the same time as cataract surgery for people who have cataracts.
What results can I expect from astigmatism treatment?
Our goal at Eye Specialists of Napa Valley is to improve vision and reduce issues associated with refractive errors. In most cases, people can achieve 20/20 vision or better with the right solution. However, it’s important to remember that results may not be perfect or permanent. Patients are fully informed about what to expect during a consultation.
Additionally, those who start with one solution (glasses or contacts) may switch to another (refractive surgery) as their needs change over time. Our team will monitor your vision and make recommendations as needed moving forward.
Learn about astigmatism treatment
Blurry vision, headaches, and eye fatigue prevent you from enjoying daily life and activities. When it comes to astigmatism, the best treatment is the one that meets your individual needs. If you are ready to improve your vision, call Eye Specialists of Napa Valley today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Napa, CA and the surrounding communities.