Astigmatism – definition, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

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  1. 1. Astigmatism definition, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatmentDefinitionAstigmatism is a common eye condition, which leads to blurred or distorted vision. Thecondition, depending upon the degree of its severity, can be treated with properly prescribedeye glasses, contact lenses, and laser refractive surgeries such as LASIK.Astigmatism is caused by an eye that is not completely round, and is generally found ineverybodys eyes. The eye of the affected person is more like the back of a spoon; so whenlight enters the eyes of the person, it is refracted in more than one direction, and thus the brainfails to generate a clear image of the object.CausesThe exact cause of Astigmatism is not known; however, this commonly found eye condition isgenerally associated with an imperfectly shaped cornea. Glasses, contact lenses, and surgeriesare amongst the most common treatments for Astigmatism.SymptomsPeople affected with Astigmatism often experience blurred vision; however, Astigmatism cannotalways be the cause of blurred vision; one might experience blurred vision on account of fatigueand eye strain.Its, therefore, best to consult an eye specialist.DiagnosisThrough a detailed eye exam, your eye doctor will be able to tell whether the blurred vision iscaused by Astigmatism.We should, therefore, visit eye specialists often for eye check-ups and treatments. To get toknow some well-reputed eye specialists, try Google.
  2. 2. TreatmentsMost of the Astigmatism cases can be managed with eye glasses and contact lenses. In somecases, they are not even required unless the person is also affected with other eye problemssuch as farsightedness and near sightedness.A laser refractive surgery, or vision correction surgery, is a new-age surgical procedure to treatAstigmatism and arrest the further vision damage and preserve and improve the vision so thatthe person can lead a normal life.Eye surgeriesA laser refractive surgery is required when the damage is severe and the eye condition isinterfering with the way the person leads his/her life. In a typical laser refractive surgery, aneye specialist reshapes the cornea of the eye. Though eye surgeons, today, have a couple ofoptions in terms of eye surgeries, specific treatments or laser refractive surgery isrecommended on an individual basis.It is also to be noted that not all may qualify for a laser refractive surgery. To be an idealcandidate, one has to have healthy eyes that do not have any eye disease.Author bio : Advanced eye care and treatments ensure healthy eye sight for those affected with eyeconditions such as Astigmatism. For information on ptosis treatment in India and how to selecta cataract specialist doctor in India, please read our other articles.laser refractive surgery, Cataract specialist doctor in India, Ptosis treatment in India