At the Apple Valley Eye Center in Yakima, WA, we treat many patients with astigmatism. Astigmatism can be distinguished from near-sightedness and far-sightedness because it causes blurry vision at all distances. This condition can be accurately diagnosed by our eye doctors. Thankfully, there are contact lenses for astigmatism, just as there are lenses for far-sightedness and near-sightedness. Keep reading to learn more about the contact lenses that we offer for astigmatism.
What Is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a vision condition caused by an asymmetric cornea. It causes distorted vision at all distances. While blurry vision is the best-known symptom of astigmatism, it can also cause headaches. Severe astigmatism can even cause a lazy eye to develop. This is why it is best to visit an optometrist quickly if you believe you may have astigmatism.
How An Optometrist Diagnoses Astigmatism
An optometrist can diagnose astigmatism through an eye exam. There are two types of eye exams used to diagnose astigmatism: autorefractor keratometry and subjective refraction. Autorefractor keratometry is generally more accurate. Also, subjective refraction requires that the patient use special eye drops for a week beforehand.
Contact Lenses for Astigmatism
All major contact lens manufacturers make contact lenses specifically for people with astigmatism. Before the development of contact lenses for astigmatism, eye doctors prescribed special glasses for people with astigmatism. However, contact lenses have several benefits over these glasses.
Astigmatism contact lenses allow a wider field of view than astigmatism glasses. Also, they create less distortion than astigmatism glasses. In the past, contact lenses for astigmatism were rigid. However, several manufacturers now offer soft contact lenses for people with astigmatism.
An optometrist from our team can find the perfect astigmatism contact lenses for you and provide them at our office. We can also provide follow-up appointments to help you manage your condition. This may include changing your prescription if necessary.
Make an Appointment With Our Eye Doctors Today
If you believe that you may have astigmatism, make an appointment at the Apple Valley Eye Center in Yakima, WA, today. Our eye doctors will thoroughly examine you to determine if you do have this condition. If you do, we can help you find contact lenses that will correct this condition. We can give you more info when you come in for your initial appointment. Contact us today to set an appointment at a time that works for your busy schedule.