Just like nearsightedness and farsightedness, astigmatism is a refractive error that is related to the shape of the cornea at the front of your eye. And all three can be addressed more than sufficiently with a pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses here at Peninsula Eye Care.
The way that astigmatism causes you to suffer less than optimal vision is that your cornea ceases to be round and begins to more closely resemble a cone. The result is that light is refracted unevenly, in one direction more than in the other. Commonly, astigmatism is accompanied by nearsightedness, farsightedness, or both, which means that you will require multi-focal lenses from our Monterey eye specialist to correct it. Typically, blurry and cloudy vision are what astigmatism is most closely associated with. Unlike with nearsightedness and farsightedness, the deficiency in your vision is not just up close or far away, but at all distances. When you come in for your yearly examination, our Monterey eye specialist performs a comprehensive checkup that includes having you read from an eye chart, as well as a refractive assessment, which is just a way of saying that you are tested with different types of lenses until the ones that provide you with the greatest sharpness and clarity are identified. You may already have eyeglasses or contacts for reading or for distance. Astigmatism can develop later on. That’s one reason why you should have an eye exam at our office every year. Another is that your astigmatism may grow worse over time, and an update to your prescription will be the ideal way of staying current with your vision needs.
Our Monterey eye specialist is dedicated to ensuring that you see your best, so just reach out to our office and we will book an appointment for your visit.