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Astigmatism

Screenings and Corrections for Astigmatism

It may seem like astigmatism should be obvious to the sufferer. After all, it causes blurriness and other focusing problems at both near and far distances. However, for those who are born with it or develop it at a very young age, its abnormality is often hard to detect. This is simply because to them, the view is as it always has been, causing it to be accepted as normal. For this reason, it's important for them to have checkups at an optometrist in Manchester. The optometrist will run tests that highlight what a child may not consciously notice.

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Importantly, adults can develop this condition or have pre-existing effects get worse with age. If you've noticed your eyes getting generally worse, it's a good idea to be screened.

What Causes Astigmatism?

This condition is caused by abnormalities in the shape of the cornea or lens of the eye. In some cases, these shape problems can result in an effect described as like "looking into a funhouse mirror," but more often, they cause a more generalized blurriness by stopping the eye from being able to focus properly.

Abnormal corneal shapes often begin at birth. Some even suspect that most people have a bit of this condition – just not enough to require treatment. When the deviation from the ideal is significant, however, it is diagnosed with astigmatism. As previously noted, shape changes can also occur in adults and teens, likely due to the cumulative physical stresses of everyday life. Therefore, nobody is ever "too old" to need testing.

How is it Treated?

In most cases, prescription eyeglasses are all that are needed to correct the vision disturbances caused by astigmatism. A special prescription is used since it needs to correct vision at all distances instead of just near, far, or arms-length. The condition can also be addressed by LASIK surgery, which reshapes the cornea to allow for the better focusing of light.

For extreme shape malformations like keratoconus, in which the cornea has become thin and cone-like, a corneal transplant may be necessary to restore the proper shape. This, however, is rare.

To get your eyes tested for visual acuity, astigmatism, and other conditions that affect your sight, just give us a call. Our eye tests are simple and painless, so even children can do them without discomfort. The use of advanced, non-invasive testing machinery ensures accurate results.

Once you or your children have been tested, we'll let you know if any corrective lenses or other measures are needed to allow normal vision. Then, you can have glasses fitted right in our office.

Contact Prudhomme Vision in Manchester, CT to Schedule an Eye Exam Today!

To make an appointment for an astigmatism screening or other tests, just call us here at Prudhomme Vision in Manchester, CT. Contact us at 860-644-3364 today!

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