Astigmatism is one of the more common eye conditions. If you're diagnosed with it, you want to make sure you get your vision needs met. Fortunately, if you're in the Henderson, TX, area and need an eye doctor, you can get the help you need at Henderson Eye Center.
Dr. David McDonald and Dr. Barbara McDonald are dedicated to helping people in East Texas work with an optometrist to get the support they're looking for. You can have better vision when you see us today.
What Is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a curve in the surface of the cornea. Instead of being flat, it's round. That affects how light goes through it, and how that light is processed by the eye. Typically, people with astigmatism are nearsighted, meaning they can see things up close, but things far away are blurry and out of focus.
There are other conditions that can come along with astigmatism, or it can be present on its own. A lot of people have astigmatism—it's one of the most common eye conditions.
Is It Dangerous?
There's no danger to astigmatism itself. Not being able to see clearly can present dangers, of course, because it's harder to do things when your field of vision isn't clear. However, the actual condition doesn't cause any problems with the health of your eye. It's not a disease and isn't going to cause eye damage. Instead, the focus of astigmatism issues should be on making sure you can see more clearly, so you can enjoy life, see what's important, and avoid risks due to not seeing well.
How Is It Treated?
Most cases of astigmatism are treated with eyeglasses. If you don't want to wear glasses, though, there are other options. Contact lenses can work for many people who have astigmatism, depending on the severity of the curve. There are hard-to-fit contacts that bypass the cornea, for example, as well as contact lenses made of harder materials that flatten the cornea out and sit on it properly. Some of these are worn during the day, and there are also options for some that can be worn at night.
Reach Out for Your Vision Needs Today
When you're looking for an optometrist to help with your vision needs in the East Texas area, Henderson Eye Center is here for you. Dr. David McDonald and Dr. Barbara McDonald are both committed to helping patients throughout the Henderson, TX, area.
If you need an eye doctor and have questions about astigmatism, you can find the information you need from us. Reach out today at (903) 657-1539 and let us help you get back to seeing clearly again.