Astigmatism occurs when the cornea (the window of the eye) is misshapen; it resembles a rugby ball rather than a football. The cornea is responsible for most of the focusing of the eye so If left untreated, it can cause symptoms such as:
- Blurred vision
- Eye strains (this can make it hard for people to concentrate on the same object for a long periods of time)
Most patients will astigmatism will also suffer from long sightedness (problems seeing objects close up) or short sightedness (problems seeing objects far away). Another risk associated with astigmatism is a lazy eye; it is important that this is picked up early so that the eye and vision problems can be treated and strengthened as soon as possible.
If astigmatism is affecting your vision, there are 3 main options that can be used to reduce your symptoms:
- Glasses – these are a cheap option, possibly available on the NHS, however they can get lost or damaged easily.
- Contact lenses – these are a good option for people who are very active, again these may be available on the NHS, unfortunately these may not be suitable for everyone.
- Vision correction eye surgery – this may be a good option for people who have severe astigmatism and offers a long-term relief of symptoms. This form of treatment is currently unavailable on the NHS.
If you suffer from astigmatism and have severe symptoms, vision correction or laser eye surgery may be the best of option for you! At London OC we have the most up to date equipment to ensure that all of our patients get the best possible outcome from their treatment.
This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.