Patients with astigmatism usually can't wear traditional, soft contact lenses. It's ubiquitous to have a small amount of astigmatism, and it's not enough to be treated with corrective lenses. Many people with moderate to severe astigmatism require correction to see more clearly.
When your astigmatism is minor, you may not see problems with your vision. When it's worse, you may get blurry and distorted vision that needs to be corrected. Some people believe they can't wear contacts, but contact lenses are specially designed for those with this vision condition. To see the eye doctor in Marrero, LA, or New Orleans, LA, call our office to schedule a time with the optometrist. Read below to learn more about astigmatism and the troubles it causes.
What Is Astigmatism?
Your cornea is a clear, round, dome-like area on top of your iris and pupil. It is supposed to be smooth and have a specific curve equal in each direction. If the angle is uneven, it can cause vision problems. It will cause light in the eye to focus on the wrong area. In addition, the lens inside the eye is warped due to the incorrect size of the eye itself. If you have distorted or blurry vision, headaches, strained eyes, or poor night vision, you may have astigmatism in one or both eyes. You must see the optometrist for corrective contact lenses if these symptoms arise.
Contact Lenses for Astigmatism
Your astigmatism must be treated with corrective lenses to see as clearly as possible. Many people with astigmatism wear glasses, but contacts just for astigmatism are also a way to correct vision. Traditional soft contacts aren't helpful for those with this eye condition. Instead, those with astigmatism need rigid gas-permeable lenses. These are stiffer and keep their shape as you wear them. This shape makes up for the abnormal condition of your corneas to give you better vision. In addition, these contacts allow your eyes to focus light properly for clearer vision.
Visit Our Eye Doctor
To see our optometrist in the New Orleans, LA, or Marrero, LA, area, call our office at Greater New Orleans Eye Care to make an eye exam appointment and get the contacts you need for your astigmatism. You can contact us by calling (504)348-2993 to schedule an appointment.