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At Golden Vision, our Cupertino and Milpitas optometrists provide comprehensive treatment for eye conditions and diseases. If you suffer from astigmatism, we can help you see clearly.
Astigmatism is an irregularly shaped cornea or lens. When you have astigmatism, the unusual shape means that your eye cannot process what it sees on the back of your retina with the same acuity as the eye otherwise can. Since your cornea's curve is irregular, light focuses at multiple points of the retina rather than a single point. As a result, your vision is blurry whereas individuals with smooth corneas and lenses have clear vision. Both your near and distance vision are affected by astigmatism. In order to see clearly, and be safe when walking or driving, you need glasses or contact lenses to correct your vision.
Both adults and children are at risk of astigmatism. Children may not be able to tell their vision is blurry since it's all they know. If your child starts school with untreated astigmatism, they may struggle to keep up with grade level. For this reason, our eye doctor serving Milpitas and Cupertino recommends young children have an eye exam before starting school.
Along with blurry vision, signs of astigmatism include eye strain, headaches, discomfort, or feeling like you need to squint to see clearly.
Astigmatism is diagnosed in an optometry exam. Our optometrist will check the shape of your cornea with a keratometer and check your visual acuity using an eye chart. Our eye doctor will then use this information to determine the appropriate lens power to restore clear vision.
Glasses or contacts correct most cases of astigmatism and allow you to see clearly at both near and far distance. If you decide to try glasses, you'll select a pair from our extensive optical shop. If you wish to wear contact lenses instead of glasses, we will measure your eyes for contact lenses that correct astigmatism. We will also go over how to clean, store, and care for your contact lenses to keep your eyes free of irritation or infection.
Generally, our eye doctor will recommend soft contact lenses, such as toric lenses, for individuals with mild astigmatism. These lenses are more comfortable for long wear than rigid gas permeable lenses, and allow the eye to receive oxygen. However, if your astigmatism is severe, we'll suggest the rigid gas permeable lenses. These lenses place pressure on your cornea to shift its shape, so your eyes see clearly.
If you do not want to wear glasses or contacts, you may want to consider getting corrective surgery, such as LASIK. Our optometry professionals can provide LASIK consultations, and do all of your pre- and post-op care if you decide to try LASIK.
Take care of your eyes today and see clearly! Reserve your appointment with our Milpitas eye doctor by contacting 408-432-8101, or schedule an appointment with our Cupertino optometric center at 408-996-9886.
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