If you get frequent headaches and eyestrain, your cornea might not be perfectly round. This is a condition called astigmatism, and the team at Beraja Medical Institute in Coral Gables, Florida, offers multiple treatment solutions for it. Treating your astigmatism can make your vision clearer and alleviate uncomfortable symptoms from straining your eyes. To book your evaluation, call Beraja Medical Institute directly or request an appointment online today
Astigmatism Q & A
What is astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a highly common deformity of the eye. The cornea, or clear cover over the front of your eye, and the lens, the clear part behind the iris that focuses light, normally follow a perfect curve to make your eye a sphere. If either of them is irregularly shaped, you develop astigmatism.
If you have astigmatism, your eyes can’t focus light properly on the retina in the back of your eye. You might not notice any results from this, but it can cause blurry vision, headaches, and persistent eye discomfort. You can have astigmatism from birth, or it can develop gradually over time.
How can I tell if I have astigmatism?
Astigmatism may or may not come with symptoms. If your astigmatism causes symptoms, they might include:
Squinting to see clearly
Since these symptoms could indicate other issues, only an optometrist or ophthalmologist can determine for sure whether or not you have astigmatism. The team at Beraja Medical Institute can diagnose astigmatism by looking at and measuring your cornea and iris during a routine eye exam.
How is astigmatism treated?
There are several treatment solutions available to correct astigmatism and its effects. The team can help you explore your treatment options after you receive a diagnosis. Treatments for astigmatism include:
Your ophthalmologist can design your glasses with specialized cylindrical lenses to compensate for your astigmatism. Glasses are the most popular option for patients with astigmatism.
Rigid contact lenses, or toric soft contact lenses, can compensate for astigmatism by holding your cornea in a rounder position.
Your ophthalmologist can correct an irregularly shaped cornea during LASIK surgery and other forms of refractive surgery.
To explore your options for astigmatism treatment with the help of an expert ophthalmologist, call Beraja Medical Institute or request an appointment online today.
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