At Southside Eye Care, we can evaluate patients for a wide range of vision and eye health concerns. One condition that might be diagnosed is that of astigmatism. What is astigmatism and how can it impact your vision? Read on to learn more!
What is astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a vision disorder that is caused by the irregular curvature of the cornea. The cornea should be round, but when it is more oblong or pointed in shape, it can cause the light that enters the eye to spread unevenly across the retina. This results in the distortion of vision and can make it difficult for patients to focus clearly on objects near and far. In fact, it is often diagnosed along with myopia or hyperopia (nearsightedness and farsightedness).
What are the symptoms of astigmatism?
Patients who have astigmatism may notice blurred vision both near and far, chronic headaches and eyestrain, and distortion of images.
What causes astigmatism?
While the cause of astigmatism is unknown, as well as one’s risk for developing it, it has been found that it is a common condition that can impact a quarter of the population of children between the ages of 5 and 17. It can be present at birth or develop slowly over time. This is why routine eye examinations are needed to monitor changes that may indicate the present of a vision disorder.
How is astigmatism diagnosed?
The team at Southside Eye Care has several evaluations that can be used in diagnosing astigmatism. Visual acuity tests and other diagnostic tools can give patients a definitive diagnosis when needed.
How is astigmatism treated?
Most cases of astigmatism can be addressed with prescription contact lenses or eyeglasses to ensure proper vision. However, patients with more severe or irregular types of astigmatism may require treatment using rigid gas permeable contact lenses or refractive surgeries to address the problem.
Learn more about astigmatism today!
Contact Southside Eye Care in Chesapeake, VA to discuss your needs. Our practice, conveniently located at 3206 Churchland Boulevard, accepts new and current patients. Call (757) 484-0101 to book your appointment with our dedicated staff.