Blurry vision is a symptom of an eye problem. Astigmatism is a condition that makes it impossible to focus on an object. It comes with either farsightedness or nearsightedness. But, unless directly treated, astigmatism will cause vision to remain blurry. The eye doctor at Eyes Over Copley in Boston treats astigmatism and if you’re one of the many Americans diagnosed with this eye issue then we can help.
What are the red flags of astigmatism?
Blurred and distorted vision are the most common signs of astigmatism. Other symptoms are feelings of eye strain, headaches, fatigue, and blurry vision at certain distances.
Why does astigmatism happen?
Astigmatism typically occurs when the cornea has a different curve from top to bottom rather than side to side. It is sometimes hereditary. Another cause is high pressure against the eyelids on the front of the eye, which causes scarring of the cornea.
How does an optometrist diagnose astigmatism?
Routine eye care is an important part of your overall health. An extensive eye examination includes checking for astigmatism. Always share any symptoms you may be experiencing with an optometrist.
How does an eye care specialist treat astigmatism?
Generally, correcting astigmatism comes with a pair of prescribed eyeglasses or contact lenses. In some cases, the patient qualifies for LASIK surgery which can be used to correct the shape of the cornea. An eye doctor helps the patient decide what best suits their needs.
Is astigmatism common?
The surprising answer is that most people have some level of astigmatism. But, those with moderate and high amounts require correction. Correcting astigmatism mostly means adjusting to wearing glasses or contacts. The severity of astigmatism may change over time with age or due to other factors, and that requires regular visits to an eye care specialist.
Eyes Over Copley in Boston, MA
Serving the Boston, MA area, at Eyes Over Copley we offer comprehensive eye care services. We provide eye exams, answer questions, and give advice on how to best treat astigmatism. Call us today at (617) 859-0630 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fox.