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Astigmatism

Astigmatism Treatment From Bruce Coward & Associates

If you've ever been told you weren't a good candidate for contact lenses, it may have been because you have astigmatism. This serious-sounding word simply means that your eye isn't perfectly round like a basketball. It's more likely shaped like a football or an oval. At Bruce Coward & Associates we have a lot of astigmatism patients, and we're able to successfully correct their vision with eyeglasses or contact lenses.

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What is Astigmatism?

When light comes into a normal eye, it bends evenly, which gives you a clear view. When you have astigmatism, the light bends at different lengths, depending on the part of the eyeball it enters. This means that each part of the eye has a different amount of focus power. What's clear in one part of the eye can look wavy or blurred in another.

Most people are born with a small amount of astigmatism, and you can also get it after an eye injury or a disease. The main symptom is blurry vision, just like with nearsightedness. You'll only know you have astigmatism after our optometrist gives you an eye exam.

What an Optometrist Can Do

The first step in correcting any vision problem is a comprehensive eye exam. Our optometrist will check your vision in a series of tests. You may find out that you have other refractive errors, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, that compound the problem.

In almost every case, the solution to the problem is eyeglasses or contact lenses. If you opt for glasses, they'll look exactly like any other pair you've worn. The lenses will just be a bit more complicated for the manufacturer to create since you'll need different prescriptions for different areas of your eyes. If you want contact lenses, you'll need a special type called toric lenses.

How Toric Lenses Help Astigmatism Patients

No matter how closely we measure your eyesight, it still won't be perfect with a pair of eyeglasses. There will always be parts of your peripheral vision that aren't corrected and are left fuzzy and blurry. With contact lenses, the lens sits right on your eyeball, covering your entire field of vision. The result is a crystal-clear vision.

Contact lenses normally move on your eyes every time you blink. When you have astigmatism, your lenses have multiple prescriptions, each on different parts of the lens. Having these lenses move around would result in blurry eyesight, so toric lenses are made in a special way that prevents them from spinning around on the surface of your eyes.

Contact Our Optometry Office Today!

Make an appointment for an eye exam at one of our offices in Belleville, Brighton and Trenton. Give us a call at 613-968-6560 today.