We provide extensive eye care and optical services, and one of the most common eye problems we treat is astigmatism. This condition causes blurred vision because of a problem with how the eye focuses light. Here is a short overview on astigmatism and how we can help people with this eye problem.
What is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is commonly occurring and a natural cause of distorted vision. This happens because of the irregular shape of the cornea or the lens inside the eye. The cornea and lens are primarily responsible for focusing the light entering your eyes.
When the surface of the cornea or lens has a different curvature in one direction compared with the other, this means that the eye is unable to focus properly. If you feel that you or your family may be suffering from astigmatism, consult our eye doctors in Rockville, MD to perform an examination.
How Can We Diagnose It?
The tests for astigmatism measures how the eyes focus light and determines the power of the lenses necessary to compensate for reduced vision. Your eye examination may include the following: a test for visual acuity, keratometry, and a retinoscopy. A manual refraction test will then refine the results of those preliminary tests. These findings will determine if you have astigmatism. We will help discuss the best options for treatment if necessary.
How Can We Treat It?
Persons with astigmatism have several treatment options at their disposal. They may choose from eyeglasses, orthokeratology, laser surgery, and contact lenses. We commonly provide contact lenses for Washington, DC residents who work in Maryland. Eyeglasses feature a special cylindrical lens that compensate for the astigmatism. Special toric soft contact lenses conform to the eye and correct vision. Laser surgery alters the shape of the cornea. Orthokeratology or OrthoK is a non-surgery alternative that temporarily reshapes the cornea for clear vision.
If you suspect that you suffer from astigmatism, do drop by our practice for an eye examination. Let us perform a diagnosis and figure out your best treatment option. Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care is an award-winning practice and a regional leader in vision care in Rockville, MD. Give us a call to request an appointment or to learn more about astigmatism.