WHAT IS ASTIGMATISM?
If you have an irregularly shaped cornea, you may have astigmatism. This common eye condition typically causes patients to have mild to severe vision issues since it affects the cornea's ability to refract light onto the retina. Some symptoms of astigmatism include eye fatigue, blurred vision, squinting, and trouble seeing at night (especially when driving). At The Eye Center of Southern Indiana, our Bloomington, IN team will perform a comprehensive eye exam to learn about your eye health and determine if any issues, such as astigmatism, could be contributing to your vision impairment. In some cases, severe astigmatism can be an indication of keratoconus, which is a degenerative corneal condition that worsens over time and is best treated when it's caught in its earlier stages.
HOW IS ASTIGMATISM TREATED?
Astigmatism can be treated using very simple means, but those with minor astigmatism usually have the best results without treatment. However, those with more severe astigmatism could need some kind of vision corrective treatment. Our team of eye doctors will review all of your treatment options and help you select the best one based on your needs and budget. Some of the procedures we offer to help with astigmatism include:
- Contact lenses
Should I get glasses, contacts, LASIK, or PRK?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question for patients with astigmatism. It depends on your eye health and personal goals for treatment. The Eye Center of Southern Indiana can perform an evaluation and develop a custom plan moving forward—our goal is to help patients improve their vision in the most effective way possible.
How do I know if I have astigmatism?
If you experience symptoms like blurred or distorted vision, eye fatigue, or squinting, it's important to schedule an appointment with our team. We can quickly and easily diagnose astigmatism during a comprehensive eye exam. Whether you have astigmatism or another refractive error, there are many ways to improve your vision.
Can I develop astigmatism as an adult?
Yes, astigmatism can develop at any age. However, it's more common in children and young adults. If you've never had an eye exam before or it's been a while since your last one, we recommend an appointment as soon as possible. Regular comprehensive eye exams are the best way to catch vision problems early and prevent them from getting worse over time.
ENHANCE YOUR VISION
Astigmatism is a relatively common eye condition that can be addressed easily and efficiently, thanks to developments in the eye care industry. Contact our team at The Eye Center of Southern Indiana to schedule your consultation, and let us help you achieve your best possible vision.