Most people are aware of vision problems such as nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia). Myopia is a condition that causes your distance vision to become blurry, while hyperopia causes your near vision to become blurry. But did you know that there is another common refractive vision error called astigmatism?
Astigmatism occurs when the outer surface of your eye, called the cornea, is irregularly shaped. This condition affects the majority of the population to some degree. However, most people only experience a minor amount of irregularity in the shape of their cornea and do not require glasses to see clearly. It is only when you have a large amount of astigmatism that your vision is significantly impacted. While myopia and hyperopia only impact the clarity of your vision at one distance, astigmatism will cause your vision to be blurry at any distance.
In many cases, astigmatism is present from birth, and it is possible that it is hereditary. The severity of your astigmatism can change over time. In some cases, it can change for the better and you may experience an improvement in your vision. In other cases it may change for the worse, causing your vision to become increasingly blurry.
Treatment for Astigmatism
Glasses and contact lenses are still the most common way to correct vision problems caused by astigmatism. But if you are tired of the hassles associated with wearing corrective lenses all the time, you may want to consider laser vision correction. Refractive surgery procedures such as LASIK and PRK are very effective at restoring clear vision for patients with astigmatism.
Please contact Eye Care Specialists today to schedule a consultation with one of our ophthalmologists. We serve patients in Scranton, Wilkes Barre, Kingston, and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.