What is astigmatism, and what does it mean for your eyes? Should you be concerned if your eye doctor says you have it?

Astigmatism is a common condition that’s nothing to worry about! It affects how your vision care professional corrects your eyesight, which is why it’s important to see a knowledgeable doctor with experience in treatment options. Read on to learn more!

What is Astigmatism?

Most eyeballs are evenly rounded, like a volleyball or marble. When you have astigmatism, your eye is shaped more like an egg. This means your cornea or the lens of your eye may not refract light properly as it enters your eye. When this happens, you end up with blurry vision that requires special correction.

Many people with astigmatism inherited it from their parents. Others may receive a diagnosis after a bout with eye disease. You can also end up with astigmatism after eye surgery or a bad eye injury.

How is Astigmatism Diagnosed?

The first signs of astigmatism resemble those of normal vision issues. You may have unclear or distorted vision. You might find yourself squinting to bring objects into focus. Eye strain is a common symptom as well, as are headaches and eye discomfort.

Your vision care professional can do more comprehensive tests to confirm an astigmatism diagnosis. These tests are just as convenient and painless as the examination you receive every year! They can measure the curvature of your cornea and diagnose refractive errors so the correct action can be taken.

How is Astigmatism Treated?

The treatment for astigmatism is much like treating other vision issues. The two most popular treatments are:

  • Eyeglasses. Prescription eyeglasses can help you see clearly despite your astigmatism. These glasses are made in a special cylindrical shape to offset the difficulties with refraction in your eye.
  • Contact Lenses. Some contact lenses are made specifically for astigmatism patients.

Set Your Sights on Better Vision at Valley Eyecare Center!

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