Most people have heard of astigmatism but may not know what it is. Astigmatism is a condition that causes vision problems because the eye's lens or cornea is misshapen. It results in blurred vision at all distances. At Summit Eyecare, serving Merlin, Pancheri, Pocatello, St. Anthony, Rexburg, and Idaho Falls, ID, we treat astigmatism with eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other effective treatment options.
Causes of Astigmatism
The cause of astigmatism is believed to be caused by an irregular shape in the cornea's or lens's curvature. Astigmatism can result from genetics, an injury to the eye, or even long-term use of contact lenses. The irregular shape causes light to be focused in different places on the retina, which results in blurred vision.
Symptoms of Astigmatism
Astigmatism can cause symptoms such as:
1. Blurred Vision
When you have astigmatism, you may find that your vision is blurred at all distances. Blurred vision can make it difficult to read, drive, or do other tasks that require good vision.
2. Eye Fatigue
Your eyes may get tired more quickly than usual when you have astigmatism. This is because they are working harder to focus on objects.
People with astigmatism often experience headaches. The extra effort needed to see clearly causes tension in the eyes and head.
4. Eye Strain
When you have astigmatism, you may feel like you are constantly squinting or straining your eyes. Your eyes are working overtime to try and focus properly.
5. Double Vision
In some cases, people with astigmatism may see double images. It can be particularly bothersome when trying to read or drive.
Treatments for Astigmatism
Fortunately, there are several treatments available for astigmatism. They include:
If you have mild or moderate astigmatism, eyeglasses may be all you need to correct your vision. There are many different glasses available, so be sure to talk to your eye doctor about what would work best for you.
Contact lenses may be a better option than eyeglasses if you have more severe astigmatism. Your eye doctor can help you find the right contacts for you.
In some cases, you may need surgery to correct your astigmatism. Surgery is usually only necessary if other treatments have not worked. We can provide pre and post-surgical care to ensure optimal results from your surgery.
There are some eye exercises that you can do at home to help improve your vision. Our eye doctors can guide you on exercises you can perform to manage your astigmatism.
Schedule an Eye Test for Astigmatism Today
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of astigmatism, it's essential to see one of our eye doctors as soon as possible. At Summit Eyecare, we serve Merlin, Pancheri, Pocatello, St. Anthony, Rexburg, and Idaho Falls areas and can help you determine the best treatment for your astigmatism. Contact us at (208) 522-5594 today to schedule your next eye exam.