Astigmatism is a common refractive error. It occurs when your cornea has mismatched curves. A normal cornea has one curve, and it is shaped like a ball. Astigmatism causes the cornea to have an egg shape, which can make it difficult to see. Fortunately, this condition can be easily treated by the professionals at Yaryan Eye Care Center.
Who Is At Risk For Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is often present at birth. If either or both of your parents have astigmatism, there is a good chance that you will have one as well. Astigmatism can also come on due to issues later in life. These include:
- Previous eye surgery
- History of corneal thinning or scarring
- Excessive nearsightedness or farsightedness
What Are the Symptoms Of Astigmatism?
The most common symptom of astigmatism is blurry or distorted vision at all distances. The other symptoms include:
- Discomfort off the eyes
- Needing to squint often
- Trouble seeing at night, particularly while driving
How Is Astigmatism Diagnosed?
Astigmatism can be diagnosed during your annual eye exam. Your eye doctor will perform a series of tests to check for refractive errors, including astigmatism.
How Is Astigmatism Treated?
There are several treatment options available for astigmatism. The one that you choose would depend on your lifestyle and your preference.
- Eyeglasses: Eyeglasses are the most common treatment option for astigmatism. Even if you choose another treatment option, you should have a pair of eyeglasses for backup.
- Contact lenses: Many people prefer contact lenses over eyeglasses because they provide a more natural appearance, and you do not need to worry about your vision being obstructed by eyeglass frames or contact lenses. Unfortunately, if you have astigmatism you will not be able to wear conventional soft lenses. Astigmatism is a condition that is considered hard to fit for contacts, and toric contact lenses would be necessary to correct your vision.
- Lasik surgery: Lasik surgery is a laser surgical procedure that gently reshapes your cornea, allowing you to see better. Lasik would only be a possibility if your prescription is no higher than 5.00 diopters. Also, your eyes need to be healthy and you need to be healthy physically to be a good candidate for the procedure.
- Ortho-K: Ortho-K, also known as orthokeratology, are special contact lenses. They are worn at night, and they gently reshape your cornea while you sleep. When you remove the lenses, your will be able to see clearly, and that will continue throughout the day. If you wear the contacts to bed every night, you won't need to rely on your glasses or contacts to see correctly. These lenses can correct relatively low prescriptions, and Ortho-K is an excellent option if you are not a good candidate for Lasik.
Call Yaryan Eye Care Center Today
If you are having trouble seeing clearly, schedule an appointment with Yaryan Eye Care Center. Our optometrist treats patients in Connersville, Brookville, and Rushville, IN. Our eye doctor can easily determine the cause of your vision issues and provide the treatment options available. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today.