Astigmatism FAQs Discussed with Our Clarksville Optometry Team at Sites Vision Clinic
Astigmatism is an extremely common eye condition affecting millions of Americans of all ages. Our doctors of optometry diagnose and manage astigmatism here at Sites Vision Clinic in Clarksville. We'd be happy to help you or your loved ones experience improved vision ASAP.
What Is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a condition known as a "refractive error." It occurs due to abnormalities in the shape of the eyeball, cornea, and/or lens. This causes light entering the eye not to focus properly on the retinas, the light-sensitive tissues inside the back of the eyes. Astigmatism often co-occurs with other refractive errors like nearsightedness or farsightedness.
Why Does Astigmatism Happen?
Many people are born with astigmatism. In other cases, astigmatism can develop over time, often as a result of eye injury, corneal scarring, or other underlying conditions like keratoconus (progressive conical disfigurement of the cornea).
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Astigmatism?
Astigmatism can be so mild that a person may not even notice any obvious signs or symptoms. On the other hand, if astigmatism is severe enough it can lead to blurry vision at a variety of viewing distances, as well as eye strain, headaches, and eye fatigue.
Undiagnosed and untreated astigmatism may also exacerbate other conditions such as computer vision syndrome.
How Can an Eye Doctor Diagnose and Manage Astigmatism?
An Elkton and Clarksville eye doctor can diagnose astigmatism during a routine eye exam by assessing the internal and external structure of the eye, testing your vision, and asking you questions about your vision and medical history.
Once we've diagnosed astigmatism and have determined how severe it is, we'll be able to implement the most appropriate treatment options for you and your specific needs and goals. Common treatments for astigmatism include:
- Corrective eyewear prescription, including eyeglasses, sunglasses, and/or contact lenses
- Pre- and post-operative care if you elect to undergo LASIK eye surgery
Because astigmatism can progress or worsen over time, it's helpful to schedule routine eye exams. This way, we can make sure your prescription eyewear is up-to-date and your other vision and eye health needs are met.
Are You Due for an Eye Exam with an Optometrist?
Don't take your eye health for granted. If you're due for a routine eye exam or need help managing your astigmatism, contact our Clarksville and Elkton optometrist team at Sites Vision Clinic at (931)-614-0028.