Most people have some degree of astigmatism. In fact, it can come without any symptoms at all. At Tayani Institute, you can find out if you have astigmatism and get treatment if it affects your vision. With convenient locations in San Clemente, Oceanside, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Santa Ana, Brea, Irvine, Big Bear, and Needles, California, clearer vision is never too far away. To book an appointment with one of the experts at Tayani Institute, call or book your appointment at your closest location online today.
Astigmatism Q & A
What is astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a common condition characterized by a misshapen cornea — the clear layer on the front surface of your eye. If yours is somewhat pointy or isn’t perfectly rounded, you have astigmatism.
While astigmatism can affect your vision, it doesn’t always. If you can still see clearly, you don’t need to seek treatment for the condition.
How do I know if I have astigmatism?
Most people only find out that they have astigmatism after an exam from their optometrist. The condition may come with a few symptoms, including some that might surprise you. You should get your eyes examined for astigmatism if you experience:
- Blurry vision at any distance
- Automatic squinting or eyestrain
- Worse vision at night
Of course, these symptoms can be attributed to other conditions or none at all. To be sure that you have astigmatism, you need a formal diagnosis from your optometrist.
What are my treatment options for astigmatism?
Your astigmatism can’t be magically fixed so to speak, but your optometrist can help you correct it. Depending on your lifestyle and preferences, your Tayani Institute provider may recommend:
Eyeglasses combat any effects that your astigmatism has on your vision. They’re the least invasive and easiest way to correct astigmatism. Astigmatism-correcting eyeglasses use a special lens that bends light into your eye.
Contact lenses can correct astigmatism and allow you your full field of vision, unlike corrective eyeglasses. Your doctor at Tayani Institute helps you select the right type (e.g. hard, soft) and teaches you to use them properly.
Orthokeratology involves a series of contact lenses that adjust the shape of your cornea. Kind of like braces for your teeth, orthokeratology lenses slowly correct your astigmatism and the vision problems that come with it.
In some cases, your cornea can be reshaped with refractive surgery to correct your astigmatism. There are several types of refractive surgeries available and your provider can help you explore your options if you’re a candidate.
If your vision is poor or if you find yourself constantly straining to see, you might have astigmatism. To explore corrective treatments for astigmatism, call Tayani Institute or book your appointment using the online scheduling tool today.