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When someone struggles with astigmatism, they may have difficulty seeing things. This condition can cause blurry vision and images that are wavy and distorted. Thankfully, contacts are explicitly made for astigmatism, so they can see more clearly. It's important to schedule your annual eye exam. This exam will ensure you have a new prescription and let you see as clearly as possible. Call Wally Kojima, O.D. and Associates in Kailua-Kona, HI, to visit our optometrist and schedule an appointment.
The cornea is a clear, dome-shaped tissue and supposed to be smooth. It's also supposed to curve equally in every direction. The light that comes into the eye can be focused directly on the retina. This focus allows for seeing the image. However, astigmatism results when the cornea doesn't have the correct curvature and refracts light to the wrong area inside the eye. This results in distorted and blurry vision. It can also cause headaches, impaired night vision, eye strain, and other symptoms.
Usually, people with astigmatism were born with this condition. However, it can also happen because of an eye disease, injury, or surgery. For example, with an abnormally shaped cornea, people with moderate to severe astigmatism can't wear regular soft contacts.
People with this eye condition can use either eyeglasses or contacts for vision correction. Many patients choose contact lenses, but they are specific lens types. Rigid, gas-permeable lenses are made for those with abnormal eye shape that causes astigmatism. This ridged form allows the cornea to be corrected, so vision is better while wearing them. They feel differently from soft contacts, but many patients get used to the feel and keep these contacts for their astigmatism.
If you have an astigmatism diagnosis, get a new prescription every year, so you can see your best. When you see your best, you have a higher quality of life.
Get Your Eye Exam for Astigmatism
Some people worry about eye infections when they get contacts, but as long as you keep them clean, there shouldn't be a problem. Although, if you experience discomfort, talk to our optometrist about adequately caring for them. Call Wally Kojima, O.D. and Associates in Kailua-Kona, HI, to see our eye doctor. Call our office today at (808) 331-8081 to schedule an appointment.