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Astigmatism Diagnosis and Treatment at Family Eye Health and Contact Lens Center

Your optometrist in Lewiston, ME offers Astigmatism diagnosis and treatment to vision patients

Are you experiencing blurry vision or have trouble focusing on an object? You may have developed astigmatism. While many are born with the condition, others can be diagnosed with astigmatism later in life. Your optometrist in Lewiston, ME helps patients with the condition see clearly and offers eyewear, such as hard-to-fit contact lenses, to correct vision problems related to astigmatism.

There are safe and effective treatment options to address astigmatism. Learn more about astigmatism and treatment options at Family Eye Health and Contact Lens Center.

woman with astigmatism wearing eyeglasses

What Is Astigmatism?

An astigmatism is a way to say that an eye is not completely round. The majority of people have this condition to greater or lesser degrees. An ideal eyeball is shaped like a round ball. However, many people have eyes shaped more like the back of a spoon or football. This type of eye shape changes the bending of the light and how an object is perceived. Patients with astigmatism can only focus on part of the objects and objects at a distance may appear wavy or blurry. Your optometrist at Family Eye Health and Contact Lens Center can address astigmatism and bring objects into focus for you.

What Causes Astigmatism?

Eye doctors do not know what causes astigmatism. However, many people are born with astigmatism. In addition, astigmatism may develop after surgery, eye disease or an eye injury. Symptoms of astigmatism include blurry vision.

Patients that have difficulty seeing clearly can schedule a comprehensive eye exam to identify the underlying reason for their symptom. Other conditions that may interfere with vision include being farsighted or nearsighted. Symptoms of astigmatism develop slowly. Schedule an appointment if you or someone you know are experiencing vision changes. Dr. Mailhot can perform a thorough evaluation of eye health and function and discuss treatment options for those with astigmatism.

How Does an Optometrist Diagnose and Treat Astigmatism?

Your eye doctor diagnoses the condition from performing a comprehensive eye exam. The majority of cases can be corrected with prescription eyewear. This helps those with a slight astigmatism. Irregular astigmatism and keratoconus may require refractive surgery. For many people, astigmatism can be corrected with the use of corrective lenses.  

How Can Hard-to-Fit Contact Lenses Benefit Patients with Astigmatism?

Patients often see better when prescribed toric contact lenses or gas-permeable rigid contact lens. Hard-to-fit contact lenses help patients with an irregular eye shape improve their vision and the lenses adjust to the exact shape of a patient’s eyes. Patients with astigmatism can significantly improve their vision and see more clearly with the use of specially designed hard-to-fit contact lenses available at Family Eye Health and Contact Lens Center in Lewiston.

Astigmatism Diagnosis and Treatment from Your Optometrist in Lewiston, ME

Astigmatism is a common condition. As the condition can develop over time or after eye trauma, it is important to schedule regular eye exams. Individuals experiencing blurry vision are advised to schedule an eye exam to identify the cause of vision changes. 

Family Eye Health and Contact Lens Center attends to the vision needs of Lewiston residents. Patients come to r to renew prescriptions, choose new eyewear, monitor eye health, and address eye conditions or injuries. Contact us at 207-782-9501 to schedule a comprehensive eye exam and learn more about astigmatism and treatment options.