When you visit your Hanahan eye doctor at the optometric office of Dr. Deavers for an annual eye exam, he’ll look for any signs of astigmatism in your eyes. Astigmatism is a very common eye condition characterized by an irregular curvature of the cornea. This is one type of refractive error that is easily corrected by eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Though to some degree, everyone has astigmatism, as our eyes are naturally spherical in shape, for those with significant curvature, treatment will be required.
Often times, astigmatism will present itself at birth as this is a hereditary condition. However, it can also result from pressure from the eyelids on the cornea, incorrect posture, or increased eyestrain. Astigmatism presents itself with numerous symptoms, including headaches, fatigue, eye strain, and blurred vision at all distances. However, these are common symptoms for other refractive errors as well, which is why it is important to schedule an eye exam immediately with your Hanahan eye doctor, Dr. Deavers.
Nearly all degrees of astigmatism can be corrected with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, however, you’ll require a unique kind of lens. Toric lenses are normally prescribed to correct astigmatism because they have a greater light bending power in one direction. Refractive surgery provides are more permanent solution to correcting astigmatism by changing the shape of the cornea through laser eye surgery. You should visit your Hanahan optometrist, Dr. Deavers if this is the route you’d like to take to correct your astigmatism as specific treatments will be recommended on an individual case basis.