With age, just about everything changes – even the way we see things. We’re not talking about the change in perspective that many adults experience as they learn valuable life lessons. We’re talking about the actual way we see our physical world. Most adults aren’t surprised when they start to have trouble reading labels, or when reading a sign across the street. What may feel somewhat concerning is the progression into a relatively blurred world. Glasses are needed to read, but there is also a challenge seeing objects in the distance. If this is the world you live in, don’t worry. Your Central Florida eye doctor can help.
When near vision and distance vision are both blurry, it is usually because of the refractive error we call mixed astigmatism. Astigmatism is a common eye condition that results from an irregular curvature in the cornea or the lens of the eye. Corneal astigmatism is more common and is often managed with corrective eyewear.
To have astigmatism means that you may squint or struggle to see clearly. You may also experience more frequent headache than need be if you’re living with uncorrected blurred vision. This condition blurs vision by disrupting the flow of light through the eye. When light hits the cornea or lens of the eye, it should stream right on through. When the cornea is oddly curved, similar to football, light cannot reach the retina in a uniform manner. With proper care, it is possible to correct this refractive error and reduce the need for eyeglasses and contacts.
Restoring Clear Vision
Astigmatism is treated with laser surgery much of the time. LASIK and PRK are two procedures that may be considered depending on the type of astigmatism that exists and its severity. According to statistics, most cases of astigmatism do respond well to the LASIK procedure. There may also be instances in which rigid contact lenses provide the best correction. This may be necessary in cases of irregular astigmatism, which involve unpredictable characteristics in the shape of the eye.
Your Ocala eye doctor, Dr. Croley, can develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs and preferences. Regain clearer vision by scheduling your consultation with us at (352)-237-8400.