What is Astigmatism? Our Optometrist Answers
Astigmatism is a condition where the eye improperly focuses light. It is very common, affecting up to 30% of all people to some degree, though many of the mildest cases of astigmatism cause no symptoms. Fortunately, the condition is easily treatable and is usually no more than a nuisance if properly managed.
What Are the Signs of Astigmatism?
The most common symptom of astigmatism is blurred vision at all distances, as opposed to near- or far-sightedness wherein distance plays an important role. There are several variations of astigmatism caused by differences in eye shape, but all of them will cause blurry vision. People with untreated astigmatism also often report eyestrain and headaches, since they routinely strain their eyes in an attempt to focus their vision.
Astigmatism affects patients of all ages, sometimes beginning in childhood but often appearing later in life. It is diagnosed using a standard eye exam: patients with reduced visual acuity (as determined by eye chart readings) will usually have the curvature of their eyes measured with a keratometer or other instruments. Diagnosis typically takes only a few minutes and is entirely painless.
How is Astigmatism Treated?
Astigmatism usually requires only glasses or contact lenses to correct. Surgery is also an option for patients who would prefer to permanently forgo corrective lenses. For many years, astigmatism surgery required a fully invasive procedure, but now laser surgery can correct many patients’ vision with significantly less hassle. Of course, not every treatment will be effective or appropriate for every patient, so people with astigmatism should ask their optometrist about all possible treatment options.
How Can Fallas Family Vision Help?
Located in McDonough, GA, Fallas Family Vision is home to a team with decades of experience in optometry. Doctor Fallas and his team work hard to provide expert care in a comfortable atmosphere. Contact us today to learn more about our services for astigmatism or to schedule an appointment.