Astigmatism is a fairly common eye condition that can lead to a person’s vision becoming blurry; it is typified by the cornea forming an irregular curve that means light is not focused properly on the retina. This is where the sight difficulty of people with astigmatism comes from. In many cases, astigmatism is so mild that it doesn’t actually require any treatment. However, if it does require treatment then there are quite a few options available. Before we look at the treatments though, what are some of the symptoms of astigmatism? Blurred vision is probably one of the most common causes, along with eye strain, which can occur when people with the condition have been focusing for a period of time, such as when using a computer. Patients might also experience headaches as a result of the condition, and astigmatism is something that opticians look for during your regular eye tests. As mentioned above, if you are diagnosed with astigmatism, you may not need to take any action to treat it because the condition isn’t severe enough. However, in other cases, corrective lenses might be required. It is also quite common for people with astigmatism to have other refractive errors such as long or short sightedness, so it isn’t unusual to need treatment. Corrective lenses could be either glasses or contact lenses; these lenses are to enable the light to pass properly through your eye onto your retina. If you do choose the option of contact lenses, you might be recommended to use a special type of lens to take account of your astigmatism. For example, rigid contact lenses are typically not recommended for astigmatism, while gas permeable and soft contact lenses might be considered more appropriate. In some cases, laser eye surgery can also be used to treat astigmatism, and this is something that we are able to offer at AVC. We are able to treat up to 6.00 Dioptres of astigmatism, and your AVC consultant will assess you for suitability for laser eye surgery when you first visit us. Many of the patients we treat will have Lasik eye surgery, which offers the least discomfort and offers a fast recovery time. However, if your cornea is too thin or irregular as it can be due to astigmatism, you might be recommended to have Lasek surgery as an alternative. This is something that will be discussed with you. Overall, there are lots of high quality treatment options for patients who have astigmatism, so no matter what your preference or the severity of your condition, it is more than likely that you will be able to manage your astigmatism and find a treatment that works for you.
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