Astigmatism – Lone Tree
If you experience a distortion or blurring of images at all distances — nearby as well as far — you may have astigmatism. Even if your vision is fairly sharp, headache, fatigue, squinting and eye discomfort or irritation may indicate a slight degree of astigmatism.
Astigmatism is very common. Some experts believe that almost everyone has some degree of astigmatism, often from birth, which may remain the same throughout life.
There are two types of astigmatism: regular and irregular. Regular astigmatism is usually easy to correct (see treatments below), but high astigmatism and irregular astigmatism can be complicated and more difficult to correct, depending on the extent of the irregularity and its cause. .
Of interest to parents and those who work with children, astigmatism may contribute to poor schoolwork but is often not detected during routine eye exam screening in schools.
A thorough eye examination at Parkridge Vision in Lone Tree (Denver), can determine if astigmatism is present. If the degree of astigmatism is great enough to cause eyestrain, headache, or distortion of vision, the optometrists at Parkridge Vision will recommend prescription eye glasses or contact lenses for clear and comfortable vision.
The corrective eye glasses or contact lenses needed when astigmatism is present are called “Toric” lenses and have an additional power element called a cylinder. They have greater light-bending power in one axis or direction than in the others. A person suffering from high or irregular astigmatism may need to wear rigid gas permeable contact lenses rather than the more comfortable soft contact lenses as Precise tests will be made during your eye examination to determine the ideal eye glasses or contact lenses prescription.
Astigmatism may increase slowly over time. Regular eye examinations can help to ensure that proper vision is maintained. To read more about Astigmatism, please visit our Eye Library.