Almost one in every three people has astigmatism. Some cases are mild and do not show symptoms, while others cause symptoms that require treatment by an eye doctor. At North Bay Optometric Vision Center in Rohnert Park, we offer examinations, diagnosing, and treatments for astigmatism. When you come to our clinic with astigmatism symptoms, we will perform a comprehensive exam to come up with a precise diagnosis. We then offer a treatment plan based on your individual needs.
What Is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is an eye condition that occurs when the shape of the cornea has an error. It happens when the front surface of the cornea is irregularly shaped. This interferes with the way light refracts to the retina, resulting in vision problems. Astigmatism may occur with other eye conditions such as nearsightedness and farsightedness. This condition is easily fixed using either glasses or contact lenses.
Signs of Astigmatism
Some of the common symptoms of astigmatism include:
- Blurred vision
- Night vision difficulty
Causes of Astigmatism
The exact cause of astigmatism is not known. Many people are born with the condition, while others develop it after an eye disease, injury, or procedures such as surgery. Keratoconus can cause astigmatism by making the frontal part of the corneal thinner, although this is considered rare.
Diagnosis and Treatment
The symptoms of astigmatism happen gradually. If you notice any signs of this condition, seek treatment promptly. The eye doctor will examine you and conduct various tests such as:
- Refraction tests
- Visual acuity assessment tests
If you are diagnosed with the condition, we may recommend contact lenses, glasses, or surgery. Unlike glasses and contact lenses, surgery provides a long-lasting solution. With surgery, you may not need to wear these visual aids. It is important to seek treatment promptly since delaying can lead to complications. For example, if you have astigmatism in only one eye, you may end up developing a lazy eye. This mostly happens in children.
Visit North Bay Optometric Vision Center in Rohnert Park, CA
If you have symptoms of astigmatism or have been diagnosed with it, visit North Bay Optometric Vision Center in Rohnert Park for treatment. Our optometrists are highly skilled and experienced. Don't live with the symptoms of astigmatism which can negatively affect your life, our team is here to help. Call our team today at 707-584-7294 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.