Astigmatism is one of the most common eye disorders. This condition is classified as a refractive error, and it occurs when the cornea at the front of the eye has an uneven curve. It causes blurry and distorted vision. Astigmatism can have a damaging effect on children. Here at Yaryan Eye Care Center, we can help diagnose and treat astigmatism. With locations in Rushville, Brookville and Connersville, IN, we are always ready to help. Our eye doctors recommend coming in for routine eye care exams and scheduling children for eye exams at a young age in order to catch eye conditions, like astigmatism, early.
Astigmatism in Children
Astigmatism is a very common problem in infants and children. However, in infants, the condition generally corrects itself on its own within the first year of life. It is important for parents to take their children to have their eyes evaluated as soon as possible so that conditions like astigmatism can be evaluated and treated.
Children who have astigmatism that did not self-correct may have a hard time learning in school. Blurry or otherwise impaired vision makes it hard to read and write. Astigmatism can often be confused with symptoms of a learning disability. That’s why it is important to stay on top of your child’s eye care.
Many people who have astigmatism don't even realize that they have an eye condition. Other people with the condition may experience a number of symptoms, including:
- A sensitivity to light
- Blurry vision
- Eye fatigue
- Eye strain
- Trouble seeing at night
People who have astigmatism also tend to have difficulties differentiating between similar colors, and the images they see are often distorted. Severe cases of astigmatism can result in a person having double vision.
There are several options available to treat astigmatism. Here in our office, our doctor prescribes eyeglasses that are curved to correct the shape of the corner lens to prevent blurry vision. Contact lenses are an option, however our eye doctor has to conduct a contact lens exam to ensure a patient is a good candidate for them. Lasik surgery is also another option for people who have astigmatism, however with this option there is the risk of overcorrection, dry eye and additional surgery.
Have Your Symptoms Evaluated Today
There is no greater gift than the gift of sight. If you have been living with astigmatism, or you suspect your child might have the condition you need to see an optometrist to have your eyes evaluated. There is no way to prevent astigmatism, however you can manage it. To learn more about astigmatism, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call here at Yarin Eyecare Center in, to schedule your appointment today at (765) 377-1241 to schedule your appointment today.