Reading an eye chart mounted or projected on a wall is a standard part of every visit to the optometrist today, but it wasn't always that way. Centuries ago, practitioners struggled to measure vis ...View Article
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The ideal eyeball shape is that of a perfect globe. Most people, however, fall somewhat short of the mark. This is called astigmatism. The majority, however, will not realize they have this condition unless it causes problems. When it does, treatment is needed.
There are a few myths about the causes of this condition, so Drs. Kopolow and Girisgen would like to bust them. You will not get astigmatism from reading in low light, watching too much TV, or playing too many video games. Instead, it is a condition that can be caused by a "mechanical" eye injury such as a blow or by getting something stuck in the eyeball, by disease, or as a side-effect of surgery. Sometimes, the condition can develop over time for no apparent reason. A few people are born with it.
Blurry vision is the key symptom. Sometimes, part of an object may look blurrier or wavier than another part of the same item. This condition can come on slowly, so you may not notice it at first or realize how severe it has become.
Diagnosis is made via an eye exam. The exam may also reveal nearsightedness or farsightedness along with the astigmatism.
Fortunately, the treatment for astigmatism is simple. Glasses or contact lenses will correct it in the vast majority of cases. If the degree of astigmatism is mild, you may not need any corrective lenses or other treatments. However, you should be sure to get regular eye exams from your optometrists in Las Vegas since this condition often changes over time.
For some people, it's worth the investment to get custom-made contact lenses. These lenses are needed when the eye shape doesn't work well with the pre-made lens options. However, since they're made to correct astigmatism, they can produce great results over time.
If you'd rather not wear corrective lenses, you will likely have the option of getting laser surgery. There are various types of this surgery, so chances are good that one of them can be used to treat you. These treatments typically involve changing the shape of the cornea to correct the way it focuses. They're also used to correct nearsightedness and farsightedness.
For most people, there is no need to fear a diagnosis of astigmatism. It is a common eye condition, and it may not even show symptoms when an eye exam first reveals it. That said, if it is causing blurry vision, it should be corrected. Correcting it will bring you clear vision and make it easier to do everything in life that requires sight. Get an eye exam today to take the first step towards better eye health. To learn more or schedule an exam, call us today!