How Our Staff Can Treat Astigmatism
Astigmatism is a refractive error. It means that your eye is not the shape it should be. Everyone has astigmatism to some degree; however, those with a serious curvature will require correction.
A healthy eye is round like a ball. This allows the light to come into the eye and bend evenly. If you have astigmatism and your eye is shaped like the back of a spoon or a football, the light bends more in one direction than another. Fortunately, our optometrist at Richardson Eye Associates can offer treatment options to improve your vision.
What Causes Astigmatism?
Most people are both with astigmatism, but it can develop later in life. There is a genetic component to developing the refractive error, and it can also occur after an eye injury or a disease of the eye. In some cases, eye surgery can result in astigmatism.
There is a myth that if you sit too close to the television, you can develop this refractive error. This is not true, and there is no evidence to back it up.
What Are the Symptoms Of Astigmatism?
The most common symptom of astigmatism is blurry vision. Because poor vision forces the eyes to work harder to see correctly, eyestrain and headaches are common. You may also need to squint to see objects clearly. Finally, astigmatism can make it difficult for you to see at night.
How Is Astigmatism Diagnosed?
Astigmatism can be diagnosed during your annual eye exam. You can either have astigmatism, or it can be coupled with nearsightedness or farsightedness. In most cases, the symptoms of astigmatism come on slowly; therefore, it is essential that you see your eye doctor every year.
How Is Astigmatism Treated?
If you have minor astigmatism and you have no other refractive error, you may need no correction at all. If the astigmatism is causing problems with your vision, there are a few treatment options available.
- Eyeglasses: Eyeglasses can improve your vision. If you have astigmatism, you will have an additional number in your prescription called a cylinder.
- Contact lenses: If you have astigmatism, you cannot wear traditional soft contact lenses. You would need to a toric lens. These lenses are specially made to bend the light more in one direction than the other. Toric lenses come in soft or gas-permeable.
- Lasik surgery: Lasik surgery can correct your astigmatism without the need for glasses or contacts. The laser will gently reshape your eye, treating your condition. To be a good candidate, your prescription can be no higher than 5.00. Your eyes also need to be healthy, free of retinal problems, and corneal scars. Finally, you need to be in good health to be a good candidate.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Annual eye exams with Richardson Eye Associates in Richardson, TX are essential. If you have astigmatism, it can be detected during your eye exam, and it can be treated. You can call us at 972-231-3439 to schedule an appointment today!