How to Correct Astigmatism
Is your vision blurry at all distances? This is a sign that you may be dealing with astigmatism. The way to be sure is to have an optometrist check your eyes. The expert eye doctors at the Mid-American Vision Center located in York, Geneva, and Hebron, NE, are well-versed in this eye condition. They can help you to correct this vision condition.
What Is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a sight-focusing problem caused by the incorrect curvature of your cornea or lens. Your cornea is a clear layer over top of your iris and pupil. The lens is located behind the iris and pupil. Both of these eye components work together to focus light onto the retina located on the back inside wall of your eye.
When the curvature of the cornea or lens becomes misshaped, light fails to be focused onto the retina. This causes your vision to be blurry and out of focus. Nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia) are also vision problems caused by the same problem.
What Are Some Astigmatism Symptoms?
- Blurry or fuzzy vision no matter the distance
- Having to squint to focus your vision
- Eyestrain and eye irritation
- Eye related headaches
What Causes Astigmatism to Worsen?
Astigmatism is a hereditary occurrence for many sufferers. This is especially true for astigmatism in children, but can also be true for those who develop it later in life. As we age, changes can happen to the curvature of our cornea or lens that will either improve or worsen our vision. On rare occasions, some people's corneas thin and bulge outwards.
An eye injury can also cause you to develop astigmatism or make it worse. Eye surgery can also cause a degree of astigmatism.
How Bad Is My Astigmatism?
To find that out, you would need to have an eye exam performed by an eye doctor. The doctor will determine how bad your astigmatism is and what eye prescription you will need to correct your vision.
What Can I Do to Correct My Astigmatism?
Most people wear corrective lenses, either eyeglasses or contact lenses. Your eye prescription will determine the power of your corrective lenses.
Orthokeratology is a less known option that may work for you. This is a technology where corrective contact lenses actually change the curvature of your cornea. These special lenses are only worn while you sleep. They gently shape your cornea to correct how it focuses light on your retina. It usually takes about two months to achieve clear vision through orthokeratology.
If your astigmatism is caused by an abnormally curved lens, then LASIK surgery may be an option for you. Your eye doctor will help you to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery.
Get Quality Help for Your Sight Problems
Having good eye sight is important to all of us. Eye conditions like astigmatism affect our quality of life. You can depend on the professional care you will receive here at Mid-American Vision Center in York, Geneva, and Hebron, NE. Call and set up an appointment with us to get your vision back on track. You can reach us at 402-362-3313 in York, at 402-759-4536 in Geneva, and at 402-768-6651 in Hebron.