Symptoms of Astigmatism

May 6th, 2013
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The symptoms of astigmatism are sometimes difficult to distinguish from other types of vision problems.  In addition, astigmatism often accompanies other types of refractive errors, such as near and farsightedness.  These combinations often make treating astigmatism more difficult.

What is Astigmatism?

Before understanding the symptoms of astigmatism, you must know about astigmatism.  Many people have been told they suffer from astigmatism without understanding the condition.  There are two types of astigmatism.  Corneal astigmatism is an imperfection in the curve of the cornea, the covering of the eye.  The cornea should be smooth and evenly curved so that light is refracted in the eye properly.  An irregularly shaped eye lens causes lenticular astigmatism.  In both types of astigmatism, light is improperly focused on the retina, causing a doubling or ghosting effect.

Symptoms of Astigmatism

Common symptoms of astigmatism include blurry vision, eye strain and headaches.  Those with astigmatism may squint to see clearly or may suffer from eye discomfort.  Many people are born with astigmatism, while others may develop the condition due to disease or injury.  Children with astigmatism often do not recognize there is a problem with their vision, especially if they are born with the condition.  Routine eye examinations screen for astigmatism in both children and adults.

Treatment for Astigmatism

Although symptoms of astigmatism do not mean you definitely have the condition, an eye exam will confirm whether your symptoms are related to astigmatism, far or nearsightedness or a combination of both.  In the past, those with astigmatism were confined to hard contact lenses or eyeglasses to improve their vision.  Improvements in technology now allow astigmatic patients to wear soft contact lenses, or undergo LASIK in most cases.  A Dallas LASIK eye surgeon at Kleiman Evangelista Eye Centers can now treat astigmatism by reshaping the cornea, improving how the eye focuses light rays on the retina.

If you suffer from symptoms of astigmatism, or have been diagnosed with the condition, feel free to contact LASIK Surgery for a free consultation to see if we can improve your symptoms and help you enjoy a life complete with great vision.

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