How an astigmatism impacts your vision

Patients who have been diagnosed with an astigmatism might not understand what the condition is, what is causes, and what can be done to treat it. The team of Southside Eye Care in Chesapeake, VA is here to provide patients with the education they need to understand astigmatism and learn how it can impact their vision.

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a condition that is diagnosed when there is an irregular curvature of the cornea. The cornea is commonly round, which allows for light to be focused correctly on the retina for improved vision. However, when patients have an astigmatism, they will often have a cornea that is more oblong or pointed that causes visual distortions. These can result in symptoms such as:

  • Blurry vision
  • Eyestrain
  • Headaches
  • Inability to see clearly near and far
  • Increased glare with night driving

What is the cause of astigmatism?

The cause of astigmatism is not specifically known, but it is a common condition that can impact approximately one fourth of children and can increase in severity with time. Because astigmatism requires a proper evaluation to diagnose and treat, patients who have astigmatism should maintain regular visits with their ophthalmologist to monitor changes and worsening that can occur.

How is astigmatism diagnosed?

Drs. Michael Keverline, Theodore Hallberg, and Erin Savage of Southside Eye Care can properly diagnose a patient during an eye evaluation. An astigmatism is diagnosed using a specialized test that shows how light enters the eye and is focused on the retina. This test is known a “refractive evaluation.” This condition may also be spotted during a vision screening, and with a proper diagnosis, patients can learn about treatment options.

How do you treat astigmatism?

In most cases, patients who have an astigmatism may address the issue with prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. These corrective lenses will provide proper vision. In some cases where astigmatism is mild, correction may not be needed, though the condition should be monitored over time to ensure it doesn’t worsen and require treatment later.

Seek proper diagnosis and treatment of astigmatism

If you are dealing with an astigmatism, effective diagnosis and treatment can help. Contact Southside Eye Care of Chesapeake, VA today to request an appointment with Drs. Michael Keverline, Theodore Hallberg, and Erin Savage. The practice is located at 3206 Churchland Boulevard and can be reached by phone at (757) 484-0101.


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