Embracing Life with Astigmatism

Embracing Life with Astigmatism

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Living with astigmatism might seem challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right understanding and care, you can easily manage this common vision condition. Let’s demystify astigmatism and explore smart lifestyle choices and optical solutions that can enhance your daily life.

Understanding Astigmatism

Astigmatism is an eye condition that causes blurred or distorted vision due to the irregular shape of the cornea or lens in the eye. This can result in difficulties seeing clearly at any distance, discomfort, headaches and eye strain. It’s important to note that astigmatism is not a disease, but a refractive error like nearsightedness and farsightedness.

Common Symptoms

  • Blurred or distorted vision at all distances
  • Headaches
  • Eye strain or discomfort
  • Difficulty with night vision or seeing in low light

Living Comfortably with Astigmatism

Embracing Life with Astigmatism

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Adapting to life with astigmatism is manageable with the right approach. Here are a few practical ways to live comfortably with this condition:

Maintain Regular Eye Exams

The key to managing astigmatism is to maintain regular eye exams. This will ensure your prescription stays up-to-date, and your eye health is being monitored.

Choose the Right Eyewear

Choosing the right eyewear is crucial for anyone with astigmatism. Many find relief and clearer vision with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. Toric lenses, specially designed for astigmatism, can correct the eye’s inability to focus light onto the retina properly. Check out Zenni’s wide array of stylish and affordable eyeglasses suitable for any prescription.

Consider Light Sensitivity

People with astigmatism often find themselves sensitive to bright lights. Using eyewear with photochromatic lenses or UV coatings can protect your eyes from excessive light and provide comfort. This is especially helpful when working on a computer or outside in the sun.

Improve your Lifestyle

Embracing Life with Astigmatism

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Living with astigmatism doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality of life. Whether you’re working, reading, or outdoors, there are solutions to help you see clearly and live comfortably.

Workplace Wellness

If you’re working on a computer, consider getting blue light-blocking glasses. They can reduce eye strain, improve comfort, and even improve your sleep. Zenni’s Blokz Blue Light Glasses are an excellent choice.

Enjoy Outdoor Activities

If you love being outdoors, don’t let astigmatism hinder your activities. Prescription sunglasses can provide you with clear vision and protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

Remember, astigmatism is a common and manageable condition. With regular eye exams, the right eyewear, and a few lifestyle adjustments, you can live a comfortable and fulfilling life with astigmatism.

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Dr. Steven Liem

Dr. Steven Liem, O.D., F.A.A.O. is an optometrist based in Pasadena, California. After obtaining his doctorate from UC Berkeley’s School of Optometry, he completed his residency in Pediatrics, Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. When he isn’t busy streaming or making Youtube videos about video games, Dr. Liem aims to broaden accessibility to vision health through his involvement in optometric industry and tech.