Astigmatism is a common and, most often, a treatable condition. Astigmatism is usually caused by your cornea having an irregular shape. As Doctors of Optometry, we see this condition on a daily basis. Today we hope to set your mind at ease if you have been diagnosed with this condition.
You might also hear this condition defined as a corneal astigmatism. This condition is corrected by glasses or contact lenses. These corrective lenses have a unique design that compensates for the irregular shape of the eye, allowing light to focus correctly on the retina. The glasses used for astigmatism have a cylindrical lens that corrects the uneven curvature of the cornea or lens. There are few factors that will cause your astigmatism to worsen. This will include your age, eye injuries, and keratoconus. While most people are diagnosed as children, you will notice your sight worsening as an adult too. The good news is that astigmatism will also decrease so it is not all bad news. Eyeglasses are the most common treatment and help to improve vision. Avoid rubbing your eyes. Rubbing your eyes will worsen astigmatism and cause other problems such as dry eye. Using artificial tears will help to lubricate the eye and prevent dryness.
A regular astigmatism occurs when the eye is not completely curved. Just like a basketball being round, it will take the shape of a football. And this often leads to blurry, distorted vision. You can stop astigmatism from getting worse by wearing corrective lenses. Schedule your visit soon with our Fairfax eye doctors at VisualEyes Optometrists.
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