Astigmatism is one of most common vision problems in the world. It often occurs in conjunction with other vision problems such as myopia or hyperopia. If astigmatism isn’t corrected, both your near- and far-range vision may suffer, compromising your overall quality of life.
In today’s blog, the top eye exam provider in your area, Vienna Eyecare Center, answers FAQs about astigmatism.
What Causes Astigmatism?
Astigmatism occurs in people whose cornea is curved in an unusual manner. This can be caused by genetics, eyelid pressure on the cornea, scarring, trauma or keratoconus.
What Are The Common Symptoms?
Patients with astigmatism experience blurry vision at all distances, regardless of whether they’re nearsighted or farsighted. The condition can also cause eye strain and intense headaches.
Is Astigmatism Common?
Actually, almost everyone has astigmatism, but many cases are so mild that they don’t require treatment. Only those people with more severe cases of astigmatism require vision correction.
How Is it Treated?
Most astigmatism cases can be corrected by prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. The shape of your cornea can also be corrected through LASIK surgery. Orthokeratology is another great solution, which involves the use of rigid contact lenses that temporarily repair your cornea.
How Can I Tell If I Have Astigmatism?
You can’t automatically assume you have astigmatism just because you have migraines or blurry vision. Contact your eye doctor for a routine check-up to assess your visual health and to identify any complications before they worsen.
Do you need a new pair of eyeglasses? At Vienna Eye Care Center, we carry a wide range of top-of-the-line eyeglasses. We’re serve patients in Vienna, Reston, McLean and nearby areas in VA. Call us at (703) 938-7633 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.