Astigmatism

One of the most common conditions that almost every glass wearer has is astigmatism. In more severe cases and when it is not being treated properly or at all symptoms such as headaches, squinting to see clearly and constant eye strain accompanied by tiredness when focusing on prolonged tasks like reading a book or working on a computer screen. 

What causes astigmatism?

In most cases, astigmatism is something you are usually born with, but it can also be developed by an eye injury, disease or surgery. It is caused by an error in the shape of the cornea. It’s most likely linked to genetics, as it is not clear why it exactly happens; you are more likely to have it if you are short-or-long sighted. Due to the misshaping of the cornea there is a change in the way light passes or refracts to the retina. And in result blurry, fuzzy or distorted vision is caused.

Can it be treated and cured?

Astigmatism can be corrected in three ways –  prescription glasses, contact lenses or laser eye surgery. Prescription glasses are the most common way to alleviate the symptoms.

Uncorrected astigmatism may lead to lazy eye in children, so it is really important to take your child for regular check ups so if they indeed have this condition they can be prescribed the right treatment in order to see clearly again.

Astigmatism also may get worse with age so it is also advisable to have regular eye examinations in order to prevent wearing lenses that are not suitable for your current eye conditions. As this may again make the symptoms mentioned earlier appear.

At the end of the day we should all treat our eyes as the rest of our body and have examinations at least once a year to make sure everything is in order.

Having eye problems is indeed not a pleasant situation but we can learn to make the best of it. If you are looking for a fabulous new pair of reading glasses for your eyes take a look.