Questions about astigmatism


>>>A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TOLD THEY HAVE ASTIGMATISM BUT DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS. I SPOKE WITH DR. AMY HONG WHO HAS KEY SOLUTIONS ON HOW TO CORRECT IT. >>WHAT IS ASTIGMATISM. >>THE FRONT PART OF THE EYE IS CALLED A CORNEA AND FOR YOU TO SEE CLEARLY THAT SURFACE NEEDS TO BE ROUND LIKE A BASEBALL. IN CASE OF ASTIGMATISM, THAT SURFACE NOT SPHERICAL, IT’S MORE LIKE A FOOTBALL WHERE IT’S OVAL. SO THE OVALNESS WILL CREATE SOME DISTORTION IN YOUR VISION. >>SO HOW DO PEOPLE KNOW IF THEY HAVE ASTIGMATISM. >>YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS AND TYPICALLY PEOPLE TALK ABOUT SEEING BLURRY OR THE SENSE THERE’S A SHADOW AROUND THE IMAGES YOU’RE TRYING TO SEE OR EVEN DOUBLE VISION, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE READING AND ASTIGMATISM IS VERY, VERY COMMON. >>HOW DO YOU TREAT IT? WHAT ALL CAN YOU DO? >>WELL, TYPICALLY IN THE PAST WE HAVE BEEN TREATING ASTIGMATISM WITH JUST GLASSES AND CONTACT LENSES, BUT NOWADAYS WE ARE TREATING THEM WITH LASER BECAUSE THAT’S A MORE PERMANENT WAY OF TREATING ASTIGMATISM AND AT KEY-WHITMAN WE HAVE LASERS LIKE THE LASIK THAT CAN RECONTOUR THE SURFACE OF THE EYE TO MAKE IT ROUND SO YOU CAN FOCUS BETTER. >>WHAT IF YOU HAVE CATARACTS? CAN ASTIGMATISM BE TREATED WITH CATARACTS? >>IT IS THE CLOUDING OF THE LENS INSIDE THEEYE. WE ARE LOOKING OUT TO TAKE THE HAZY LENS OUT AND REPLACE IT WITH A NEW IMPLANT AND THAT IMPLANT CAN BE DESIGNED WHERE IT FIXES ASTIGMATISM AT THE SAME TIME. SO AFTER SURGERY PEOPLE CAN EXPECT TO SEE BETTER WITHOUT GLASSES. >>SO HOW CAN VIEWERS FIND OUT WHAT THEIR OPTIONS ARE IN TERMS OF ASTIGMATISM EVALUATION AND TREATMENT BECAUSE THOSE ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS? >>GIVE US A CALL AT KEY- WHITMAN TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT BECAUSE WE WANT YOU TO COME IN AND USING OUR TECHNOLOGY WE CAN TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE EYE TO TAKE A LOOK AT HOW ROUND OR OVAL YOUR SURFACE IS AND THEN PLAN A TREATMENT AND GIVE YOU THE TREATMENT ACCORDINGLY. >>THE EYE EXAM IS IMPORTANT AND YOU HAVE SEVERAL DIFFERENT LOCATIONS ACROSS NORTH TEXAS? >>YES, I AM AVAILABLE TO SEE PATIENTS IN OUR TWO ARLING LOCATIONS. WE ALSO HAVE OFFICES IN DALLAS, PLANO, McKINNEY, MESQUITE AND ROCKWALL. >>THANK YOU FOR COMING IN

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