Being told that you have astigmatism during a routine eye exam may seem intimidating, but almost every person has the condition to some degree. Astigmatism is a medical term that describes a cornea that is not perfectly round and that certain considerations are needed for your contact lenses and eyeglasses.
How Does Astigmatism Affect My Eyesight?
A round shape to the eye allows light to enter and bend consistently, and any deviations to the shape cause the light to bend differently. In the case of astigmatism, this means that the light is focused on one area more than another. Because the light entering your eye helps you focus on objects, the variation creates blurry areas in your vision.
How Do I Know If I Have Astigmatism?
Most people who have astigmatism were born with the condition. Some people develop astigmatism during their lifetimes due to injuries, surgeries and certain eye conditions. The changes in vision that are caused by astigmatism happen very gradually, and the only way to know if you have the condition is through a comprehensive eye exam.
Do I Need Treatment for Astigmatism?
Astigmatism does not require any specific treatment. Your eye doctor will make adjustments to your prescription that correct the blurry areas of your vision. For people that wear contact lenses, the prescription will indicate toric lenses for mild to moderate astigmatism and rigid lenses for more advanced cases.
Can I Have Laser Vision Correction with Astigmatism?
We are proud to offer laser vision correction with state-of-the-art technologies that help with common vision problems, including astigmatism. The procedure will change the shape of your cornea to address the astigmatism, as well as other vision problems, such as nearsightedness and farsightedness. Your eyes should be otherwise healthy to be considered for laser vision surgery.
Do You Need to Be Screened for Astigmatism and Other Vision Problems? Contact Southside Eye Care.
Having routine eye exams helps detect astigmatism, glaucoma, cataracts and other common eye problems, as well as find the contact lenses and eyeglasses that are right for you. Contact Southside Eye Care today by using our online form, or you can contact us directly at (757) 484-0101.