Taking the Stigma out of Astigmatism
- Posted on: Aug 30 2016
There are a few eye conditions that are quite common and that get enough attention for people to think they are familiar with them. Astigmatism is one of them. According to research, this condition may be found in a large majority of the population. So that it does not alter your view of the world, it helps to gather important and factual information about astigmatism. This way, you know what solutions are available to you in the event you do develop vision problems of this refractive error.
What is Astigmatism?
In the ideal situation, the eye is spherical in all direction, without distortion. The curve of the lens and the cornea are related to the successful refraction of light at the back of the eye. Astigmatism is the condition characterized by uneven curvature of either the lens or the cornea. The degree of curvature determines the severity of visual impairment.
Causes of Astigmatism
There may be a good number of people for whom a slightly irregular curvature exists, but creates no disruption to vision. When the structure of the eye becomes elongated, the light bounces off the retina in a way that it shouldn’t; it is bent in an awkward position as it passes through the ocular structures. When light scatters unevenly, objects cannot be viewed in full focus.
Astigmatism can be Treated
Stress related to the prospect of having astigmatism can be diminished when you understand that there are solutions through which your vision can be corrected. Essentially, because your natural lens is not “bending” light in the right way, an alternate lens, or complementary lens, can be developed to do this for you. Many people choose to correct astigmatism with eye glasses or contact lenses. This is a convenient method of care. However, treatment options are not limited to eye wear.
Astigmatism can also be treated with some type of refractive eye surgery. There are a few different techniques available, and your experienced eye doctor can determine the most suitable approach after performing a thorough examination of your eyes.
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