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Astigmatism: Here’s What You Need To Know

Most everyone has some degree of astigmatism. And yet many people are confused as to what astigmatism actually is.

Vision problems such as nearsightedness and farsightedness fortunately have names that make them pretty easy to understand. But have you ever wondered what astigmatism is?

What It Means To Have Astigmatism

To understand astigmatism we must first understand the process of how we are able to see. Put simply, light enters the eye, passing through the cornea–the clear surface that covers the front of the eye. The cornea bends the light, and in conjunction with the lens, focuses it onto the retina at the back of the eye. Receptors on the retina send signals which are processed by the brain, allowing us to form an image of what we are seeing.

In a normal eye the cornea is round, shaped like a basketball, for example. In an eye with astigmatism, the cornea is oblong, shaped more like a football. Because of its irregular shape, an eye with astigmatism focuses light onto several different points at the back of the eye, instead of precisely onto the retina. This causes blurred vision at all distances.

Like other refractive errors such as myopia and hyperopia (near and farsightedness), astigmatism usually occurs because of genetics. In other cases, it can also be caused by trauma to the eye or a disorder called keratoconus.

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Astigmatism Can Be Treated With Corrective Lenses

Despite its intimidating name, astigmatism is a fairly common vision problem. In fact, many of us have some level of astigmatism, but not severe enough to warrant corrective treatment.

If you are experiencing blurred vision, eye strain or headaches, come and see us! While these symptoms don’t always mean you have astigmatism, they are common signs of an uncorrected vision problem. Astigmatism is easily detected during a routine, comprehensive eye exam.

If you have astigmatism, there are a wide range of treatment options available such as glasses, contact lenses and even vision correction procedures. Based on your visual and lifestyle needs, we can discuss which of these choices is best for you.

Talk To Us About Your Vision

Our priority is to keep you seeing clearly so you can enjoy this life to the fullest! As your trusted eye care providers, we can suggest the best possible solution for your individual needs. So, talk to us about astigmatism. We’re here to help!

Thank you for your continued loyalty to our practice.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Phone: 508-339-3952
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  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am - 11:30am
  • Sunday: Closed
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Why Choose Hayden Optometric?

Our Brands

Our Brands

Your eyes are unique, and so is your sense of style, which is why selecting your frames and lenses is a very personal choice. Your frames should fit your sense of style, and your lenses should suit your vision needs. Hayden Optometric Inc. is proud to offer a wide variety of brands so that we can help you find the frames and lenses that best suit your needs and style.

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

Hayden Optometric wants to be a thought leader in the eye health industry. We are always dedicated to making life better for our patients. In fact, our own Dr. Joel Hayden has leveraged his knowledge as an optometrist and nutritionist to develop his own line of eye wipes and fish oil to bolster your eye health.

HALT

HALT

Dr. Hayden is also the founder of HALT Myopia; the Hayden Advanced Lens Therapy System. Designed for nearsighted kids, HALT Myopia has been called “LASIK for kids,” only without lasers, scalpels, pain, recovery, or risk of overcorrection.

Read more about HALT and other methods of myopia control.

The Future of Eye Health Technology

The Future of Eye Health Technology

We really value innovation. That’s why we rely on some of the most advanced technology available to help us examine, diagnose, and treat all of our patients. When you choose Hayden Optometric, you know you’re getting some of the most state-of-the-art equipment the industry has to offer.