What is Astigmatism?
By Linsey EyeCare
July 17, 2019
Category: Optometry
Tags: Astigmatism  

Dealing with blurry vision? You could have astigmatism.

Astigmatism is a common problem that leads to blurry vision. Astigmatism is not serious and it does not mean that there is a disease or eyeproblem with your eye. It’s simply a condition that affects how your eye focuses light. When you visit one of our Wyomissing, PA, eye doctors, a simple eye exam is all that’s needed to determine whether you have astigmatism.

 

What are the symptoms of astigmatism?

Astigmatism may be congenital or it may develop gradually over time. It often occurs with other vision problems such as nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia). Along with blurry vision, you may find that you need to squint in order to see things properly, which can lead to headaches and eye strain. It’s important to see a Wyomissing, PA, eye doctor if you or your child is dealing with vision problems.

 

What causes astigmatism?

A misshapen cornea is often the cause of astigmatism. Instead of being round in shape it’s more oval. This is known as a corneal astigmatism. In some cases, the lens inside the eye is distorted, which can also lead to astigmatism. This is known as a lenticular astigmatism.

 

How is astigmatism treated?

More often than not, we can easily correct astigmatism the same way we do other vision problems, with contact lenses or glasses. While this won’t repair the problem it will correct your vision so you can see better. Surgery is less common; however, refractive laser surgery can be used to reshape the eye and fix the problem altogether.

Again, it is important to correct any vision problems as soon as possible. Once you’ve been diagnosed we can determine the proper way to correct your vision. It’s also important that you visit the eye doctor once a year to make sure your prescription hasn’t changed. It is possible for astigmatism to change over time, which will require a new prescription.

If you are dealing with blurry or changing vision it’s time to schedule your next eye appointment to figure out what’s going on. While blurry vision doesn’t necessarily mean that you have astigmatism it’s still necessary to correct the problem to prevent further issues with your vision. Enjoy clearer vision thanks to Linsey EyeCare in Wyomissing, PA.

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