If you are having trouble with see from a distant or seeing in front of you, you might have astigmatism. Astigmatism is a refractive error. If you have astigmatism, Epic Vision Eye Centers in Kansas and Missouri can help provide the needed glasses or contacts to see correctly.
What Is Astigmatism?
A normal eye is perfectly round and when the light comes into your eye, it bends evenly. This makes it possible for you to see clearly. If you have astigmatism and your eyeball is shaped like the back of a spoon or a football, the light will bend more in one direction than another. This can make it difficult to see correctly.
What Causes Astigmatism?
Most people who have astigmatism are born with it and while others can get it if the eye gets injured. You can also get astigmatism through a condition called keratoconus. Keratoconus is when the eye gets even thinner and more cone shaped leading to a significantly dropped in vision.
What Are the Symptoms Of Astigmatism?
The main symptom of astigmatism is blurry vision. However, people can also experience eyestrain, irritation to the eye, headaches, and trouble seeing in the night.
How Is Astigmatism Diagnosed?
Astigmatism can be diagnosed during your annual eye exam with our optometrist. The symptoms of astigmatism often come on gradually. In some cases, you might not even notice a difference in your vision early on. If our eye doctor suspect astigmatism, they will perform a test called retinoscopy. Our eye doctor will shine a light in your eyes while introducing a series of lenses between the light and your eye. This makes it possible to estimate the amount of astigmatism that you have.