Approximately one-third of all adults have astigmatism, a condition that affects their eyesight and often leads to nearsightedness or other forms of poor vision. At Vision Plus in San Antonio, our optometrists can diagnose astigmatism and offer corrective eye care solutions. One effective option is the use of special contact lenses designed for astigmatism. Many patients find these lenses to be both convenient and affordable. Let's delve into how they work.
Each of your eyes relies on the cornea to provide the correct focal point for vision. However, when the cornea is irregularly shaped, it affects the focal point, resulting in blurry vision that our eye doctor may diagnose as nearsightedness. The key to correcting this issue is restoring the focal point, which is where contact lenses for astigmatism come into play.
How Astigmatism Contact Lenses Work
Contact lenses for astigmatism exert gentle pressure on the cornea, helping it regain a proper shape. By restoring the roundness of the cornea, the focal point in the respective eye is realigned, allowing for clear vision. Depending on the specific irregularities of the cornea, different types of contact lenses may be prescribed to correct the condition. Our optometrist can determine the ideal contact lenses for each eye and prescribe the appropriate type of lens. It is crucial to place the correct lens on the corresponding eye by following the small colored dot that corresponds to each eye.
LASIK Surgery as an Alternative for Astigmatism Correction
In addition to contact lenses, we also offer LASIK surgery as an option to correct astigmatism. This painless procedure takes only a few seconds and can potentially restore your eyesight for many years. LASIK involves the removal of a small amount of corneal tissue to restore its proper shape and focal point. The effects of LASIK correction often last for an extended period, and adjustments can be made over time as the natural aging process affects your eyes and gradually diminishes vision.
Explore the Potential of Contacts for Astigmatism
To find out if contact lenses for astigmatism or LASIK surgery could correct your vision, reach out to our friendly staff at (210) 520-6353 or submit our online form to schedule an initial appointment with one of our highly skilled and experienced optometrists at Vision Plus in San Antonio. We are committed to providing top-notch eye care and accept most types of vision insurance.