Astigmatism is a condition in which the front part of the eyeball, known as the cornea, is shaped incorrectly, and therefore light does not focus properly on the retina. This leads to blurred vision at any distance from an object.
Astigmatism can affect both children and adults. The following factors might indicate the presence of this condition:
- Distorted or blurred vision at all distances
- Difficulty driving at night
Some of these symptoms may be mild and therefore go unnoticed, especially in children. That is why it is important to have regular eye exams with an experienced optometrist like Dr. Martin at Family Vision Development Center in Aurora.
How Is It Diagnosed?
A comprehensive eye exam is the most effective way to diagnose common eye conditions like astigmatism. At Family Vision, Dr. Martin will first complete a thorough consultation, asking detailed questions about family history, medications, and any current vision symptoms you may be experiencing. The eye exam will then allow the doctor to evaluate your overall eye health and determine the presence of any issues that need to be addressed, including astigmatism.
Fortunately, most cases of astigmatism can be treated with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Your optometrist can easily prescribe appropriate lenses to correct your vision and can help you determine if glasses or contacts are the best choice for your lifestyle.
In some cases, however, refractive surgery may be required. This involves permanently changing the shape of the cornea, therefore correcting the focusing ability of the eye by allowing light rays to precisely focus on the retina.
Only your eye care professional should help you determine the best type of treatment. Contact Family Vision in Aurora at 630-862-2020 to schedule your appointment or you can also use our convenient online appointment request form .
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