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Astigmatism may be one of the most commonly misunderstood eye conditions. Many believe it’s caused by improper lighting, that it can lead to more serious eye problems, or—something we’ve all likely thought at some point—that it’s called “a stigmatism.”
The Basics Of Astigmatism
So let’s clear the air here: the term “astigmatism” comes from the Greek “a” (without) and “stigma” (point or mark). Astigmatism is caused when the lens, cornea, or both are not completely smooth, and therefore do not perfectly focus light as it enters your eye, leaving you with blurry vision.
Astigmatism is a refractive error. Like other refractive errors, it is usually genetic and develops naturally, often from birth or during childhood. It’s not caused by bad habits and it won’t lead to more severe problems. There’s not a way to prevent it from developing, but there are many options for correcting it.
Different People Experience Different Levels Of Astigmatism
Astigmatism is actually very common. Many of us have some level of astigmatism, but it’s not enough to warrant corrective treatment. Other patients with severe astigmatism may experience…
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There can be many variables involved in astigmatism: the shape and focus of the eye, differences between the two eyes, and, often, additional complications of nearsightedness or farsightedness. Astigmatism can range in severity, and call for different treatments in different patients, whether that means eyeglasses, contact lenses, or corrective surgery.
With a comprehensive eye exam, we can check your visual acuity and focus. We can survey the curvature of your cornea and determine the very best treatment option for your eyes, and your lifestyle.
Talk to us about your vision! We’ll keep you seeing your best. Thanks for being a valued part of 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.
Everyone sees the world’s beauty from a different perspective. Unfortunately, women stand a far greater risk of developing eye conditions which may prevent them from seeing this beauty at all.
How much greater is a woman’s risk of permanent vision loss? The numbers may surprise you.
Blindness Affects Twice As Many Women As Men
According to a recent study, two thirds of all blindness and visual impairment occurs in women. And even though eye disease is more prevalent in women, 75 percent of visual impairment is preventable with proper education and care.
Dry eye disease, cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma are all diseases which affect women at a higher rate than men. Although there are no cures for these diseases, there are steps which you or the women in your life can take to prevent the risk of disease and maintain clear, healthy vision.
Early Detection Is Key To Prevention
Many eye diseases don’t present noticeable symptoms until they become quite advanced. For the best chance of effective treatment, early detection is key—for both men and women.
Here are a few important steps you can take to protect your vision health:
Get a dilated eye exam. This can help us get a better look at possible warning signs of conditions which can impair your vision.
Avoid smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. If you do smoke, take steps now to kick the habit.
Identify eye disease in your family’s medical history. An accurate family medical history can help us better detect risk factors for eye disease in you and your immediate family.
If you’re an expectant mother, get a dilated eye exam and be aware of possible vision changes during pregnancy.
Wear sunglasses and a brimmed hat outdoors to block UV rays. Increased exposure to the sun can put our eyes at risk for macular degeneration, cataracts, and other serious conditions.
Use cosmetics and contact lenses safely and thoughtfully. Makeup can leave deposits on your lenses, affecting your vision and even the comfort of your lenses.
Get A Dilated Eye Exam Every Year
A recent survey found that 1 in 4 women had not received an eye exam in the past two years. Getting a dilated eye exam every year, as recommended, could save your sight! Not only that, routine eye exams can reveal conditions which can affect your whole body health—including diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
We Can Help Protect Your Sight
We are committed to not only ensuring your lifelong vision health, but your whole body health as well. If you have any questions about your risk for eye disease, or if you have questions about the risks of a loved one, come in and see us! We would love to provide you with the information you need to continue to lead a happy and healthy life.
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Sleep apnea, a disorder the involves an involuntary cessation of breathing while someone is asleep, can have serious and life-threatening consequences if left untreated. Sleep apnea causes interrupted sleep and low blood oxygen levels, which may lead to heart disease, hypertension and mood and memory problems.
Dry eye and Glaucoma are often linked to sleep apnea because the disorder affects the amount of oxygen being transported to end organs. The CPAP machine, often used as an effective treatment for sleep apnea, can also be the cause of dry eye. Air can escape through the side vents in the machine, blowing past the eyes leading to dryness. Since this machine is a life saver for many people with sleep apnea, it should not be discontinued. Instead, speak to Dr. Landrio about ways to protect your eyes from this unnecessary dry eye discomfort.
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