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Ask Dr. Klute | Oh no! I was told I have astigmatism. Is that bad?

Ask Dr. Klute | Oh no! I was told I have astigmatism. Is that bad?

Doesn’t “astigmatism” sound like an aweful and life altering condition to have?

I have good news! Even though astigmatism is such a negative sounding word, it really is just the fancy way of saying that vision is more “smeared” than “blurry”.

I always tell patients that there are essentially three reasons we may need glasses: nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Nearsightedness makes vision blurry at distance. Farsightedness makes vision blurry at near. Astigmatism makes vision smeared both at far and near.

The amount of astigmatism determines how much smearing there is. Lower amounts are easy to correct with glasses and standard contacts. Higher amounts are more difficult to correct in glasses and may require specialty contacts.

The truth is that most patients have astigmatism, even if it is just a slight amount.

If you are looking for options to see better with your astigmatism, we’d love to help you. We prescribe for all levels of astigmatism, from easy solutions to advanced specialty solutions.

Schedule online at www.GoodLifeEyecare.com

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.