If you are experiencing astigmatism, it may be time to consider contact lenses to correct this condition. At Steck Eye Care, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, we have the expertise to diagnose and correct vision problems, including astigmatism. Let’s learn more about astigmatism and how contact lenses can be beneficial.
Astigmatism is a condition in which the cornea of the eye has an irregular curvature, which can cause blurry vision, eye strain or difficulty with night vision. To see clearly, the eyeball should have a round shape, otherwise light is bent inadequately in one direction, which can cause objects to appear out of focus.
Like nearsightedness or farsightedness, astigmatism is considered to be a refractive condition because it is an issue regarding how the eye refracts or bends light. In most cases, it is not known how astigmatism develops, but reading in low light or spending too much time using a tech device is not considered to cause astigmatism. This condition tends to develop slowly and requires a complete eye exam for a diagnosis, but it can be corrected.
Contact lenses, known as toric lenses, that align with the bulge in the eye can be used to correct astigmatism. Because contact lenses rotate when you blink, they must be made to return to the irregular spot on the eye. These are soft contact lenses that are able to bend light and correct astigmatism.
Toric lenses are custom-made for each individual patient, which requires time and expertise to make and fit the lenses. The additional care that is required for these lenses is why they are more costly when compared to traditional soft lenses. A variety of options and styles of toric lenses are available, including those that temporarily correct astigmatism.
For more severe cases of astigmatism, rigid contact lenses that reshape the cornea may be necessary. This treatment, known as orthokeratology (Ortho-K), corrects astigmatism but is only helpful when you are using rigid contact lenses. The lenses are worn when you sleep and taken out once you wake up. These lenses can be worn for an unlimited length of time, depending on the health of your eyes and your comfort level with them. Ortho-K is safe for adults but does require good contact lens hygiene to prevent the risk of an eye infection.
Optometry Care in Wauwatosa
At Steck Eye Care, our optometry and ophthalmology team in Wauwatosa provides the highest standard of service to diagnose and correct your astigmatism. Our family-owned practice ensures your comfort and gives you personalized eye care using state-of-the-art equipment. Call us at (414) 628-4235 for more information or to schedule an appointment today!