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Corrections for Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a refractive error, which means the eye’s ability to properly focus light to create a clear image is impaired. However, with vision care, all types of refractive errors can be corrected. Routine eye exams are essential at every stage of life, especially if you are experiencing difficulty seeing images clearly up close, at a distance, or both. By scheduling an appointment to visit us at the office of Optical Outlets, you can rest assured that you’ll receive exceptional eye care from an experienced team of professionals.

If you experience blurred vision, eye strain and difficulty seeing at night, be sure to discuss these symptoms with an eye care professional, as they may indicate astigmatism. While people with myopia struggle to see distant objects, and people with presbyopia or hyperopia struggle to see up close, astigmatism affects vision at any range of distance. To accurately diagnose astigmatism, our eye doctor will perform a comprehensive eye exam, which includes a visual acuity test and other diagnostic methods to assess the anatomy and function of your eye. Astigmatism is caused by irregularities in the curvature of the cornea or eye lens. The irregular shape of the cornea causes light to refract in more than one direction, allowing only part of an image to focus properly at any given time. It’s important to keep in mind that astigmatism can also occur along with other refractive errors, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. The good news is that with optical technology- all types of refractive errors can be corrected at once with eyeglass lenses or contact lenses.

As skilled and compassionate providers of care, we’ll discuss the different treatment options available for treating astigmatism, and will provide you with a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses as indicated. While the most popular and effective corrections for astigmatism remain eyeglasses and contact lenses, another possible approach to care is orthokeratology. With this treatment method, you simply wear specialized contact lenses while you sleep to temporarily corrects the irregular shape of the cornea to give you clear vision throughout the day. In certain patients, a LASIK procedure can also provide a solution for astigmatism. Whatever your situation may be, you can feel confident that our office will guide you in determining a course of care that best meets your individual needs. Throughout your course of care, we’ll be happy to answer any questions and address all your concerns.

At the office of Optical Outlets, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

14390 North Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 962-1799

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What is astigmatism in Tampa

The best way to keep your eyes healthy is to work closely with an optometrist and have annual comprehensive eye examinations. These will help detect any eye abnormalities and diseases before they become serious. Our Tampa eye doctor not only can detect potentially serious problems with your eyes but also will diagnose and offer correction for any problems with your visual acuity.

One problem that affects visual acuity is astigmatism. Astigmatism is a disorder of the shape of the eye. Normally the human eye is spherical in shape and when light enters the eye it refracts evenly creating a clear view of the object. With astigmatism the eye is shaped more like a football or the back of a spoon. When light enters an eye with astigmatism it is refracted more to one direction than the other, which allows only part of the object to be in focus making objects appear blurry. Astigmatism can be present at birth or be caused later by pressure on the cornea from the eyelids, incorrect posture or increased use of the eyes for close work. Symptoms of astigmatism include blurry vision and often headaches, eyestrain and fatigue. Astigmatism is diagnosed through an exam in our office the malady often accompanies nearsightedness or farsightedness. It may also worsen as you get older so have your eyes checked by our Tampa eye doctor whenever you feel there has been a change in your vision.

Our Tampa eye doctor treats astigmatism primarily through the use of prescription corrective lenses either in eyeglasses or contact lenses. Mild astigmatism may not need any treatment at all, but since astigmatism often accompanies nearsightedness or farsightedness corrective lenses will take care of both conditions. Special toric lenses that have greater light bending power in one direction than the other are used in glasses or contact lenses for people with astigmatism. Another means of treating astigmatism is refractive or laser surgery, where the shape of the cornea is changed to make it more spherical. Your eyes have to be otherwise healthy for refractive surgery to be used. If you have any of the symptoms of astigmatism or you feel that your vision has changed lately call our office for an appointment to rule out astigmatism as the cause.

14390 North Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 962-1799