Astigmatism is is a common eye health disorder that can generally be corrected with properly prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. For a person with only a slight degree of astigmatism, corrective lenses may not be needed at all, as long as other conditions, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, are not present. If the astigmatism is moderate to high, however, corrective glasses or contact lenses are probably needed. Irregular astigmatism is far less common and is correlated with conditions affecting the cornea. Nevertheless, both types of astigmatism can be effectively treated.
There are two prevalent ways that Astigmatism can be treated. The first is with corrective lenses, whether they be contacts or eyeglass lenses. Alternatively, special gas permeable contact lenses, also known as rigid contact lenses can be used for those with a higher amount of astigmatism, and toric lenses, which are soft, can be prescribed for greater light-bending power. Your optometrist can help decide what is the best treatment option for you.
Another way to treat astigmatism is via refractive surgery which consists of changing the shape of the actual cornea through refractive or laser eye surgery. Since there are a myriad of different types of refractive surgery, each case is handled on an individual basis as there is no blanket method of repair. In order to receive this treatment however, one must be free of any retinal problems, corneal scars, and any eye disease.
At Eyes on You Seattle, we have several ways to treat those with astigmatism. As an optical clinic in the Northwest, we not only offer superior eyewear, but superior eye care as well. Contact us for an appointment or walk-in to take a look at some of our astigmatism corrective lenses.