Are you experiencing blurred or even distorted vision? These symptoms could be a result of astigmatism.
While the word might sound daunting, with enough understanding and proper eye health living with, astigmatism doesn’t have to be a nuisance.
Astigmatism occurs when your eye’s cornea or lens isn’t a perfectly round shape. It is a common and normally minor condition, in fact, many people who need to wear glasses do so because they have some degree of astigmatism. Astigmatism is in the same family of eye conditions as long-sightedness and short-sightedness, as you’ll likely have one of these if you also have astigmatism. Most people are born with astigmatism, though it can be the result of an injury or trauma.
Astigmatism occurs with an asymmetrical shaped cornea or lens, which is the layer of tissue that makes up the front of your eye. A healthy cornea should naturally be curved, like a football, but with astigmatism, it takes on a more unique curve, like a rugby ball. Because of its abnormal shape, astigmatism causes light rays that enter the eye to become blurred or unfocused.
So, if you find yourself struggling to grasp words printed in a book, images flashing on the television screen, or even just spotting something while driving, chances are you may have astigmatism. It’s important to visit an optometrist to fully diagnose and treat the condition. If left undiagnosed you could experience eye strain and pain, headaches, and fatigue – especially if you spend a lot of time reading or working on a computer which requires the eyes to constantly focus.
As most people are born with astigmatism, it is important to have your eyes checked regularly by your optometrist. Your doctor can test for astigmatism in a regular eye exam. This is especially true for children, who may not even realize that they have a problem with their vision. The condition then remains undiagnosed without regular visits.
Untreated astigmatism in children could result in a lazy eye, as well as other problems with their development. Treatment can include wearing glasses and/or contacts to gently correct the situation.
Ritz and Johnson offer comprehensive eye exams to help diagnose astigmatism and other vision problems. As your Ocala based eye care specialist, we start by taking your medical and health history, as well as your lifestyle habits, into account to treat you with the best possible care. Even if you have great vision and no major health issues, we’ll look at your computer use and life activities to identify any eye strain or blurred vision problems.
Our comprehensive vision exam will then identify how well your eyes work together. With our special, state-of-the-art instruments we can gather a sophisticated picture of the inside and outside of your eye. Aside from astigmatism, we are also adept at spotting other health issues that are related to your eyes such as diabetes, glaucoma, and heart disease.