At Advanced Family Eye Care, we treat many patients with various eye conditions including astigmatism. Many patients have a good understanding of nearsightedness and farsightedness but are more confused about astigmatism. We have several locations throughout the MI area, including St. Joseph, South Haven, Benton Harbor, and Stevensville. Learn more about astigmatism and its treatment options below.
What Is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a common imperfection of the eye's curvature that occurs when the eye's front surface is curved differently in one direction than the other. You cannot prevent astigmatism, as it is a birth trait. Sometimes, astigmatism can develop due to surgery or injuries that scar the cornea. Also, eye disorders like keratoconus and severe myopia can deform the cornea, leading to astigmatism.
Symptoms of Astigmatism
Blurry vision is the most common symptom of astigmatism. However, some patients do not even notice their blurry vision and attribute it to other factors. Strained eyes can lead to headaches, dry, and irritated eyes. You will not tell if you have astigmatism unless you undergo a comprehensive eye exam.
Astigmatism and Age
Uncorrected astigmatism can gradually worsen over time. Annual eye exams and correcting astigmatism will improve your cornea's refractive ability. It is important to address astigmatism in children quickly for best results.
Astigmatism Treatment Options
Many patients believe that they have to wear glasses to correct astigmatism. However, we can fit you with special contact lenses that allow your eyes to get the right amount of oxygen. Ortho-k lenses are also an option. They are lenses that reshape the cornea as you sleep without the need to wear lenses during the day. After we complete an eye exam, we can discuss which lenses are best to address your vision.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrist for Astigmatism Treatment
At Advanced Family Eye Care, we have provided residents of St. Joseph, South Haven, Benton Harbor, and Stevensville, MI with reliable eye care services for many years including the diagnosis and treatment of astigmatism. Call us today at (844) 398-4022 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our optometrist.