Astigmatism is a vision problem that affects many people. Broadway Eye Clinic is a leading eye clinic helping patients throughout the Salt Lake City area. Here’s a breakdown of what astigmatism is, what causes it, and major treatment options.
What is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a common eye condition that affects vision. If you have this vision problem, your incorrect eye curvature may cause blurry far or near eyesight. The cornea (front of your eye) and lens have different curvatures. For example, your cornea may have an oval rather than a spherical surface that makes it difficult to focus. Many people are born with astigmatism, and it can worsen over time. However, until it affects your vision, you may not think to mention it to your eye doctor.
What Causes Astigmatism?
The cornea bends light to focus images on the retina. This requires the proper functioning of the cornea and tear film. Your eye lens changes shape to make near or far images clearer. However, astigmatism interferes with this mechanism, resulting in vision impairment. When the eye surface has an improper curvature, you may develop the major symptom of blurry vision. Fortunately, your optometrist can treat the condition and make things a little clearer.
How is Astigmatism Treated?
If you have astigmatism, your eye doctor will take the necessary measurements for glasses or contact lenses. Both will correct refraction errors that lead to better nearsightedness and farsightedness. In extreme cases, you may need surgery to treat this condition. The surgery involves reshaping the cornea to ensure that your eye refracts light properly.
Can Neurolens Help?
At Broadway Eye Clinic, we recommend Neurolens corrective lenses. If you have migraines related to poor eyesight, these lenses can alleviate the symptoms by preventing eye strain. Other benefits include:
- Reducing the burning and stinging sensation of dry eyes
- Improving light sensitivity
- Reducing pain in the neck and shoulder (due to leaning forward to see the screen more clearly)
- Improving motion sickness
Talk to our optometrist to discuss whether Neurolens would work for your astigmatism correction or to discuss your eye care needs.
Contact Our Eye Doctors in Salt Lake City
Are you tired of squinting to see clearly? Come to Broadway Eye Clinic in Salt Lake City. Neurolens provides a fantastic treatment option for refraction errors. Call us today at (801) 322-0467 to schedule your first eye care appointment for corrected vision and improved quality of life.