Get Clearer Vision: How to Check if You Have Astigmatism
Do you find yourself with excessive headaches, blurry vision, or inability to concentrate? You may have astigmatism. Come to Island Optics, our eye doctors here at Madeira Beach Optometry are here to help!
What Is Astigmatism? Astigmatism is a condition in which your eye is not completely round. Your eyeball should be shaped like a round ball that allows light to come in and bend evenly, giving you a clear view. However, if your eye is shaped more like a football, the light will bend unevenly in one direction more than the other. This will cause things to look blurry because only part of the object is in focus. People with astigmatism often have nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia). These conditions are called refractive errors because they involve how your eyes bend (refract) light.
Astigmatism Symptoms. Symptoms of astigmatism may include:
- Blurry or distorted vision
- Trouble seeing at night
- Hard time concentrating
What Causes Astigmatism to Worsen? Astigmatism worsens as you get older. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The cornea gets increasingly irregular with age due to lessening pressure from eyelids progressively losing muscle tone. Astigmatism remains relatively stable until 50 years of age. After age 60, overall lens curvature increases progressively with each decade of life.
How to Correct Astigmatism. Astigmatism is easy for our eye doctor to fix with glasses, contacts, or surgery. Our optometrist can help you manage your astigmatism as you grow older. Worsening astigmatism can be treated with and eye prescription, corrective lenses and surgical procedures like LASIK or lens replacement.
How Bad is My Astigmatism? You need to take an eye exam to determine how bad your astigmatism is. The level of refraction is identified based on the combination of the curvature from the cornea and the curvature from the lens.
Astigmatism Test. To provide the best care, we offer an eye exam to measure the amount of astigmatism in the eye.
Astigmatism in Children. Astigmatism is common in infants, often until they are one year old. Children with myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness) are more likely to have astigmatism. Your child needs to have regular eye exams starting at 6 months to catch early signs of astigmatism, myopia, and hyperopia. Children with undiagnosed astigmatism may struggle in school, which teachers or parents could wrongly interpret as a sign of a learning disability.
Regular eye examinations are particularly important if you are not seeing clearly. Identifying and treating eye problems promptly will reduce your risk of vision loss and ease discomfort and other symptoms.
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If you are interested in getting an eye exam or prescription glasses, visit our optical clinic in Seminole. Contact Island Optics for an appointment.