Astigmatism is a common eye condition that causes blurred vision due to the irregular shape of the cornea or lens. This condition affects people of all ages and is usually corrected with glasses, contact lenses or surgery. In this blog, we will discuss how to treat astigmatism and improve your vision.
Eyeglasses The most common way to treat astigmatism is to wear corrective glasses. Glasses with special lenses called toric lenses are used to correct astigmatism. These lenses are designed to bend the light entering the eye in a specific way to correct the irregular curve of the cornea or lens.
Contact lenses: Contact lenses are another option for people with astigmatism. Toric contact lenses are specially designed to fit the shape of the eye and correct astigmatism. These lenses are available in both soft and hard gas permeable materials.
Orthokeratology Orthokeratology or Ortho-K is a non-surgical method to correct astigmatism. It involves wearing special hard contact lenses overnight to reshape the cornea. The effect is temporary, but can last a day or two and allows the person to see clearly without corrective lenses.
Laser surgery: Laser surgery may be an option for people with more severe astigmatism. The surgery involves reshaping the cornea using a laser to correct the irregular curve. There are several types of laser surgery, including LASIK and PRK.
Lens implants: For people with very severe astigmatism, a lens implant may be an option. This surgery involves replacing the eye’s natural lens with an artificial lens that corrects astigmatism.
It is important to consult an ophthalmologist to determine the best treatment for your specific case. Regular eye exams are also important to monitor the progression of astigmatism and make sure your corrective lenses are up to date. With the right treatment, people with astigmatism can enjoy clear vision and a better quality of life.