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What is Vision Like with Astigmatism?


Astigmatism is a common vision condition that affects how people see the world around them. Understanding what vision is like with astigmatism is crucial for those diagnosed with it and their loved ones. At SPEX in Seattle, WA, Dr. Scott Campbell, O.D., and his dedicated team are committed to providing their patients with comprehensive eye care and education. Let's shed light on how astigmatism can affect vision and what patients with this condition typically experience.

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is when the shape of your eye's cornea or lens isn't perfectly round, affecting how light is focused inside your eye. This common condition differs from other vision issues like nearsightedness or farsightedness, which are related to the length of the eye, not its shape. Astigmatism can occur alongside other eye problems, and its impact can vary from person to person. The good news is that it can be easily corrected with the right help, such as prescription glasses, contact lenses, or sometimes surgery, allowing for clear vision.

How does astigmatism affect vision?

The effects of astigmatism on day-to-day activities can range from mild to significantly impactful, depending on its severity. People with astigmatism often find certain tasks more challenging than those with normal vision. These tasks may include:

  • Reading small print
  • Driving, especially at night
  • Recognizing faces from a distance

Dealing with these challenges requires understanding, patience, and the right vision correction solutions.

What do people with astigmatism see?

Individuals with astigmatism experience a unique set of visual disturbances that can affect their quality of life. The world through their eyes may include:

  • Lines or edges appearing wavy or blurred
  • Difficulty distinguishing details in low light
  • A halo effect around lights, particularly noticeable at night

These visual anomalies make it essential for individuals with astigmatism to seek proper eye care and correction.

Can astigmatism be corrected?

Fortunately, astigmatism can be corrected with various methods tailored to each patient's needs. Dr. Campbell and the team at SPEX specialize in providing personalized treatment options, including:

  • Prescription eyeglasses
  • Contact lenses
  • Laser eye surgery for suitable candidates

The goal is always to improve vision clarity and comfort, enhancing the patient's overall quality of life.

Take the next step toward clearer vision

Living with astigmatism doesn't mean you have to settle for less than clear, comfortable vision. Dr. Scott Campbell, O.D., at SPEX in Seattle, WA, is here to guide you through understanding and managing your astigmatism. With the proper support and treatment plan, you can enjoy the beauty of the world around you with clarity and confidence. If you're experiencing vision problems or suspect you may have astigmatism, don't hesitate to reach out. Schedule your appointment today and take the first step towards a clearer tomorrow.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.