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How is Astigmatism Treated?

Astigmatism is one of the common drivers of poor eyesight — in fact, one out of three people has some degree of astigmatism, which can lead to both nearsightedness and farsightedness. To correct the problem, we offer several treatment options that will help you see more clearly.

At Beraja Medical Institute, our team of ophthalmology experts has considerable experience helping patients find the best solutions for their vision problems. Whether you’re struggling with a refractive error like astigmatism or a progressive problem like cataracts, our goal is to restore your vision.

If you’re among the millions who don’t see well because of astigmatism, here’s a look at how we can correct the problem.

Astigmatism at a glance

Before we get into your treatment options, let’s quickly review what an astigmatism is and how it occurs.

An astigmatism is any abnormal curvature in your cornea, in your lenses, or in both. Under normal circumstances, your cornea, which is the outer portion of your eye, curves uniformly and allows light to enter and be refracted (bent) by your lens onto your retina.

If the shape of your cornea is abnormal, it affects the light that passes through your lens, and if your lens is abnormally curved, it affects where light focuses on your retina. If light is focused in front of or behind your retina, it can lead to issues with nearsightedness or farsightedness, respectively.

In most cases, astigmatism is something you’re born with, though it can develop on the heels of eye disease.

Treating astigmatism

When it comes to treating astigmatism, our first goal is to determine the extent of the problem and then suggest the best path forward.

If, for example, your astigmatism is minor and only causes small refractive errors, corrective lenses may be the simplest solution.

If, however, you’re not keen on the idea of wearing glasses, you can opt for rigid contact lenses that work to reshape your cornea and improve your vision.

Lastly, LASIK surgery has proven to be very successful in resolving astigmatism once and for all — 96% according to the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. During this procedure, we use laser technology to reshape your cornea, giving it a more rounded shape.

Choosing which treatment option is right for you is one that’s usually determined by your goals and the extent of your astigmatism. During our evaluation, we measure the degree of the curvature to give you a better idea of how effective the different treatment options will be in resolving your eyesight issues.

We also want to ensure that you’re comfortable with your treatment. If you prefer to start out conservatively, for example, we can provide you with corrective lenses (glasses) to help with your vision. If you’d prefer to correct the source of your astigmatism, however, we recommend the hard contact lenses or LASIK surgery.

To learn more about your treatment options for astigmatism, please contact our office in Coral Gables, Florida to set up an appointment, by phone at 786-899-2516, or with our online form.

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