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At Lock Family Eye Care, our West Des Moines optometrists spend a lot of time educating our patients about a common type of refractive error known as astigmatism. Fortunately, there are plenty of things we can do to help!
Astigmatism is really just a fancy word for an eyeball or cornea (or both) that isn't perfectly curved. It's not unusual; most of us are born with astigmatism to some degree. In some of us, this abnormality can become significant enough to cause vision problems since the way light enters the eye (known as refraction) is affected—meaning light doesn't focus on the retinas properly. Because of this, we may notice blurry vision at near or far distances and have trouble with tasks like reading.
Astigmatism can happen in the presence of other eye conditions including nearsightedness or farsightedness.
Our optometrists can diagnose astigmatism on a routine eye exam by assessing and measuring the shape of your eye and cornea. Depending on the degree of your astigmatism, one of our eye doctors may recommend:
In some cases, people with astigmatism may elect to undergo laser eye surgery. If this is the case for you or a loved one, our team can provide the necessary pre- and post-operative care to ensure your outcome is as optimal as possible.
101 Jordan Creek Pkwy # 12190 West Des Moines, IA 50266
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