First time patients that come to West U Vision in the West University community of Houston do not know what astigmatism is. Astigmatism occurs when the cornea, the front surface of the eye, is curved slightly in one direction and causes blurred vision.
The cornea refracts light so it focuses on the retina in the back of the eye. With astigmatism some of that light focuses in front of or behind the retina, so your vision may be blurry up close, in the distance, or blurry in both directions. At Houston astigmatism eye care center, we believe in patient education. We want our Houston patients in the West University community to be educated on their eye health and what type of ocular disorders may occur as their eyes age. For more information about your family’s eyes make an appointment at our Houston optical facility. Indications of astigmatism can include headaches, eye strain, fatigue, and blurred or distorted vision.
West University Nearsightedness
Nearsightedness, or myopia, occurs when the curvature of the cornea is too steep or the eyeball is too long. With nearsightedness, the eye’s strong refractive power forces the image to be focused in front of the retina, rather than on it. When light focuses in front of the retina, near objects can be seen clearly, but far objects appear blurry. Our Houston vision care staff prescribes eyeglasses and contact lenses to compensate for most refractive errors. Myopia and hyperopia may be treated with LASIK, PRK or LASEK. An alternative non-laser procedure for nearsightedness is implantable contact lens surgery by implanting a special type of lens inside the eye. At West University vision care we will discuss your treatment options and refer you to top of the line eye specialist in the West University area to help you find the vision treatment that is right for you.