Vision problems affect millions of Americans. They range from myopia to hyperopia, with many other issues in between. One of the most common vision issues comes from astigmatism. It’s an issue that can cause mild to severe vision problems, and it’s important to diagnose and treat the underlying cause to protect your eyes. At Riviera Opticare in Scottsdale and Mesa, AZ, we can help. If you think you may have astigmatism, or if you’re wondering what causes astigmatism to worsen, keep reading and learn more about the condition.
What Causes Astigmatism and What Are the Symptoms?
Astigmatism is a problem with the shape of the eye. When the eye isn't’ perfectly round, it distorts light coming in. This distortion causes vision problems. Ultimately, astigmatism can stem from a few underlying issues. Eye disease, eye surgery, and eye injuries can cause astigmatism, but the vast majority of cases are naturally occurring. Astigmatism in children often occurs at birth, and others develop it as they age, but doctors have not yet found an underlying reason as to why this happens.
Astigmatism symptoms include a few telltale signs. Blurry or distorted vision is the most common issue. Eyestrain, headaches, and poor night vision are the other common symptoms. In general, if you notice your vision changing or you start to get unexplained headaches, a visit to the optometrist is a good idea.
Diagnosing and Treating Astigmatism
Diagnosis is the first step to resolving any medical problem. Your optometrist can give a comprehensive eye exam. An exam will often include a phoropter and autorefractor, two tools used to perform an astigmatism test, and determine the extent of the problem. Once the issue is properly diagnosed, the eye doctor can provide treatment. Typically, a prescription for glasses or contacts is all you’ll need. In some cases, surgery might be recommended. Mild cases don’t necessarily need any treatment at all.
How Hard-to-Fit Contact Lenses Can Be Beneficial
Astigmatism can be tricky, particularly for contacts. Standard contact lenses are designed around a standard eye shape. Since astigmatism is the result of a deviation from that shape, it can be hard to get contacts to fit. That’s why hard-to-fit contacts exist. Toric contacts are made to correct astigmatism and in more severe cases, custom lenses are designed and made.
Call Riviera Opticare for an Appointment Today
We love to fit specialty contact lenses for all types of astigmatism. If you’re wondering “how bad is my astigmatism and what are my options?” then you should schedule an appointment with our eye doctor. Riviera Opticare is here for patients with locations in Scottsdale and Mesa, AZ. Call our Scottsdale office at (480) 991-6432 or our Mesa office at (480) 827-9184 to make your appointment.