What is astigmatism?
Astigmatism is an abnormally shaped cornea or lens. This imperfection prohibits light from focusing properly on the retina, which causes close and distant images to appear blurry. Astigmatism is very common and often occurs in combination with nearsightedness or farsightedness. Symptoms of astigmatism usually include distorted vision, eyestrain, squinting, reduced night vision, and headaches. At Baton Rouge Eye Physicians in Baton Rouge, LA, our seasoned ophthalmologists are well-versed in the diagnosis and treatment of astigmatism. If you or your loved one suspect astigmatism is the cause of your vision problems, reach out to our practice today to schedule an appointment.
What Are The Symptoms And Causes Of Astigmatism?
SYMPTOMS OF ASTIGMATISM
Astigmatism is a very common imperfection in the curvature of the eye that affects about 33% of people. Whether nearsighted or farsighted, the most common symptoms of astigmatism often include:
- Blurred and/or distorted vision (near or far)
- Squinting to see
- Poor night vision
- Eye strain and discomfort
CAUSES OF ASTIGMATISM
Although medical science still hasn't identified a singular cause of astigmatism, for many people, astigmatism is genetic. The majority of people with astigmatism are born with it, but it can also develop as we age. Age-related vision loss is called presbyopia. In some cases, astigmatism can be caused by an injury to the eye or eye surgery.
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Am I A Candidate For Astigmatism Treatment?
Almost anyone with astigmatism who wants to achieve clearer, sharper vision can be a great candidate for astigmatism treatment at Baton Rouge Eye Physicians. Our experienced team of doctors can help Baton Rouge, LA patients dramatically improve their vision with a variety of effective treatment options that include simple solutions like glasses and contact lenses to innovative refractive surgeries like LASIK and PRK. During your consultation, we will perform an extensive eye exam and go over your treatment options to identify the best choice for you.
How is astigmatism treated?
Astigmatism is very treatable, but minor cases are typically best left untreated. When treating astigmatism, the goal is to increase visual acuity and comfort. The three main forms of treatment include eyeglasses, contact lenses, and refractive surgery. There are a number of refractive surgeries that can be used, but the best option will depend on your unique eye shape and vision. Prior to any treatment, the first step will be to undergo a comprehensive eye exam. From there, our team can discuss all your options. In many cases, corrective lenses provide optimal results.
How many people have astigmatism?
Astigmatism is actually quite common as it’s rare for anyone to have a perfectly shaped eye and cornea. It’s estimated that as many as 33% of people in the U.S. have some form of astigmatism that requires correction for healthy vision.
How can you tell if you have astigmatism?
A comprehensive eye exam performed by a member of our team can properly diagnose whether or not you have astigmatism. Some common symptoms of astigmatism include blurred or distorted vision, headaches, squinting, eye strain, and problems with night vision.
Do you need glasses or contacts for astigmatism?
The question of whether or not you’ll need corrective lenses all comes down to how severe your astigmatism is. We can assess the degree of your astigmatism with a comprehensive eye exam and then prescribe the best treatment to correct your vision.
Does astigmatism get worse over time?
Unfortunately, as with most eye conditions, astigmatism will get worse as you age due to the fact that astigmatism will change angles. Without corrective lenses or contacts, it only worsens. That’s why it’s important to always get regular eye exams and contact Baton Rouge Eye Physicians if you experience any change in vision.
Why does astigmatism cause headaches?
Because people with astigmatism have to strain and squint to focus their vision, this can cause headaches due to the stress it puts on the muscles in and around the eyes.
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Is astigmatism hindering your vision or are you tired of depending so much on corrective lenses? Contact Baton Rouge Eye Physicians in Baton Rouge, LA today to learn more about your treatment options. We offer a number of advanced treatments that can provide the improvement and comfort you've been longing for. We look forward to helping you achieve your best eyesight yet.