Astigmatism Treatment from Your Eye Doctor in Leawood, KS
Many individuals with complaints of blurred vision are surprised to receive an astigmatism diagnosis when they visit our Vision Professionals of Leawood practice. This common eye condition typically develops in nearsighted or farsighted patients, according to our Leawood eye doctor. It is easy to diagnose during an eye exam by our optometrist, with several treatment options available.
Overview of Astigmatism
Astigmatism is not an eye disease or an ocular health issue. Our doctor refers to it as a refractive error.
Patients with this condition develop an irregularly curved cornea or lens. Instead of a normal, symmetrical ball, the eyeball assumes an irregular shape resembling that of an egg. Since no eyeball ever has a perfectly round shape, it is not surprising that this disorder is so common.
In an eye that is not perfectly round, light entering it cannot move through the various parts equally well to produce clear vision. When the shape distortion becomes sufficiently pronounced, impaired vision occurs.
The disorder is present in some individuals at birth and might be hereditary. Others develop it over time. During a lifetime, it might increase or decrease.
The most common complaints from our patients include:
- Blurred or distorted vision at all distances
- Eye strain
- Eye irritation
Treatment Options from Our Leawood Practice
Our Leawood eye doctor detects this disorder using the same procedures and techniques used to diagnose nearsightedness and farsightedness, both of which are correctable. For patients with a small degree of astigmatism, he might determine that no vision correction is necessary.
When correction is advisable, several treatment options are available. Eyeglasses with a special cylindrical lens prescription boost power in specific areas of the visual field. Some patients realize better vision with certain types of contact lenses instead of glasses.
Orthokeratology reshapes the cornea with a series of rigid contacts worn for short periods such as overnight but does not deliver a permanent correction. Finally, refractive surgical procedures such as LASIK or PRK deliver vision close to 20/20 in many patients.
Schedule an Exam with Our Leawood Eye Doctor
Be proactive about protecting your vision by scheduling regular exams at our Vision Professionals of Leawood practice. Our goal is to become an all-in-one trusted source for the primary eye care your family requires. Whether you need routine exams or state-of-the-art-technology, we’re here to help ensure that you experience the best vision possible throughout your lifetime. We offer a variety of types of eyewear and provide full optometric services, from astigmatism detection to a dry eye clinic. Take a moment today to call us at 913-239-9446 to schedule your next exam with our Leawood eye doctor.