What Is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism, like myopia and hyperopia, is a refractory condition. That means it has to do with abnormalities in how your eye processes light. Astigmatism makes your sight blurry; many people notice it appearing when they have a hard time reading or driving at night.
How Do You Treat Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is an eye condition, not a disease. It’s a common problem that often doesn’t bother people. However, if yours is beginning to interrupt your sight, you have options:
- Glasses. Refractory conditions like astigmatism are the most common reason people get eyeglasses!
- Custom contacts. If you’re not into the glasses look, your doctor can determine your contact lens prescription, and you can take trial contacts home right from your appointment.
- Laser eye surgery. While this option may seem exceptional, laser eye surgeries are actually common outpatient procedures!
What Causes Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is about the shape of some structures in your eye. Specifically:
- The cornea, or clear front of your eye, might have changed shape
- The lens, or clear part in the middle of your eye that refracts (bends) light, might have changed shape
If these two parts of your eye are curved normally, they direct light to only one point in the back of your eye (the retina). If they’re not, light will refract differently, and those focal points will be scattered. You’ll see one thing in slightly different places, causing a blurring effect.
Why do you have an astigmatism? Frankly, we’re not sure; sometimes eyes simply change shape!
So You Think You Have Astigmatism. What Now?
You got it: call us. The eye care professionals at eyecarecenter will help diagnose your astigmatism quickly and easily and get you fitted with the right prescription.