Astigmatism Diagnostic and Treatment at Your South Tulsa Optometrist
At The Eye Center, our team works closely to help patients facing all types of eye conditions and vision concerns. We aim to help you have the best eye health and vision quality possible. Serving patients in South Tulsa, Okmulgee, Bixby and the surrounding area, your optometrist is always nearby to help you with any need. If you have been diagnosed with astigmatism, or think you may have it, we would be happy to help you.
What Is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a common type of vision concern. Individuals who have it often have blurry vision. Those with astigmatism have a cornea that is an irregular shape. The cornea, or the eye's lens, is located inside the eye. In these individuals, the cornea has a curvature that's unable to direct light in the proper manner to the optical nerve located at the back of the eye. When the light coming into the eye moves through this irregular shape, it causes a difficulty in proper focus on the retina. The retina is an area located at the back of the eye, which sends messages to the optic nerve about what you are seeing.
What Are Symptoms of Astigmatism?
Some individuals with astigmatism have headaches or discomfort. Others do not. However, most people with this condition also suffer from being nearsighted or farsighted. These conditions, known as refractive errors, tell us more about how the eyes bend or refract light, and the impact on your vision. Those who have astigmatism may have trouble seeing objects that are close up or those that are far away.
The only way to know you have this condition is to come in for an eye exam. If you have any changes in your vision or you cannot see clearly, now is the time to visit us. A comprehensive examination will test for astigmatism.
What Treatment Options Are Available for Astigmatism?
The primary goal we have is to improve your quality of vision. To achieve that, we will determine if prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses are right for you. Your optometrist will ask you to view a series of vision screenings to determine the best possible prescription for your needs. In the long term, this is the ideal choice for those who have astigmatism since vision correction is generally possible. However, many patients also benefit from more advanced care including laser eye surgery to correct the curvature of the eyes.
Some patients also benefit from the use of orthokeratology, often called ortho-k. This is a specific procedure in which you'll wear a pair of contact lenses for a period of time. They work to adjust the curvature of the cornea. It is not painful, but it can offer an opportunity to correct the curvature well enough that you will not have to wear contact lenses or eyeglasses again.
Who Should Be Screened for Astigmatism?
Children should visit their eye doctor at least once prior to the start of kindergarten. It is often at this early age that we can begin to see concerns with the curvature of the cornea. Early treatment may help improve the chances of products like ortho-k to work. We also recommend anyone with vision changes come into their optometry office right away for an eye exam.
Schedule an Eye Exam for any Eyecare with Our Team Today
Seeing your eye doctor is important in maintaining your eye care. Call our optometry office for an appointment. We serve Bixby, Okmulgee, and South Tulsa. Call 918-369-3937 for our South Tulsa location or 918-756-0316 for Okmulgee.