How to Effectively Manage Astigmatism

by admin on June 12, 2011

Before we discuss possible condition management techniques, let us first cover the topic of what exactly astigmatism is, why we get them, and how we might get rid of them?

Astigmatism occurs with the cornea or lens of the eye is damaged, diseased, or deformed. The associated damage, disease or scar tissue creates a irregularity of the cornea that no longer allows the light to properly refract off the eye, thereby causing blurred vision, mild to severe headaches, and night blindness. Additional side effects include but are not limited to nausea, double vision, eye strain and more.

How and why do we get astigmatisms? This is a very good question, a question that doctors and researches alike have tossed around for decades. The answer however is quite simple. Experts have found that at the time of birth nearly half of us are born with some sort of eye defect or another. While we’ve all heard of near and farsightedness most of us have never heard about the negative effects of astigmatism.

Did you know that eye surgery itself is responsible for creating many astigmatic conditions in people of all ages? The scar tissue that forms on the eye after surgery often times leads to the astigmatic condition, creating an irregularity in the eye that impedes the refraction of light.

Astigmatism can cause blurred vision, headaches, night blindness, and dizziness if not treated properly. So while reading this article is helpful, please schedule an appointment with your doctor to further discuss which treatment options are best for you.

The treatment options associated with astigmatism are corrective lenses, be that of the solid glass or contact lens variety, surgery, and simple eye exercise. Now you may be saying to yourself, exercise my eyes? I’ve never heard of such. But wait, try it before you knock it. Researchers believe that patients who underwent one or more hours of eye exercise per day have reported a dramatic change and major strides in the strength of their eyes and the improvement in their vision.

For those of you on a budget it is also recommended that you practice a routine set of eye exercise that will not only strengthen your eye muscles but also strengthen your vision, thus improving your astigmatism without surgery or other corrective actions. It is also important that you make a point to rest or save your eyes form extreme conditions where eyestrain may be probable. Avoid reading from a computer screen and in low light. Also, remember to strengthen those eyes with a little work out during the day. Lastly it is important to practice focusing on objects that are both near and far away to help strengthen the eye muscle and quell the astigmatism.

It is always important to seek the advice of a physician before making any decision that may affect your health or wellbeing. Now may be a great time to discuss your treatment options with your doctors and decide which treatment plan is best for you and your condition.

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In the search to correct the symptoms associated with astigmatism, there are several options to consider. While many people opt to treat their astigmatism symptoms through the use of contact lenses or eyeglasses, these are not permanent corrective measures. One of the only methods of permanently correcting astigmatism is through the application of surgical intervention.

Astigmatism is a condition caused by an irregularly shaped cornea, resulting in the inability to focus light directly on the retina’s surface. When light isn’t focused properly on the retina, blurred vision occurs at all distances. The severity of astigmatism symptoms can vary from mild to severe, which can affect the way that the condition is treated.

The most common method of permanently correcting astigmatism is through the implementation of laser surgical procedures. LASIK eye surgery is the most popular surgical procedure for correcting vision and is highly effective in correcting astigmatism. This laser procedure reshapes the cornea’s surface by flattening the steep curve associated with this condition. Unlike eyeglasses or contact lenses, LASIK eye surgery aims to correct the cause of astigmatism rather than treat the symptoms temporarily.

LASIK eye surgery can restore 20/20 vision in patients that suffer from a mild to moderate astigmatism. Those who have severe astigmatism may not be able to achieve perfect vision using this procedure, but it may help to drastically reduce the severity of the condition. Additionally, many patients with severe astigmatism opt to have multiple surgeries to fully correct their vision.

The cost associated with the LASIK corrective procedure can often deter those who suffer from astigmatism. The average cost of a LASIK procedure is around $2,000. There are many that are tempted by commercials or other advertisements that claim the LASIK procedure can cost as little as $200 per eye. It’s important to note that not all LASIK eye surgeons are created equal. Most patients that seek discount surgical procedures end up having to have the surgery repeated or corrected after something goes wrong.

There are other laser surgical procedures that can correct astigmatism, although they are typically less popular than LASIK vision correction. Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is a laser procedure that is similar to LASIK, but often requires a longer recovery time. Unlike LASIK, PRK involves aiming the laser’s energy directly on the cornea, rather than removing the corneal surface before reshaping. The PRK procedure may not be ideal for all people, but for those with certain types of astigmatism it may be the best option regardless of the increased recovery time.

Ultimately, laser eye surgery can correct astigmatism in most patients. Those with severe astigmatism may require multiple surgeries to achieve 20/20 vision or to eliminate the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses. Those who have mild or moderate astigmatism are usually the best candidates for LASIK eye surgery. Laser eye surgery can be very expensive and sometimes risky. It’s important to find a reputable eye surgeon who can help you determine the best way of correcting your astigmatism permanently.

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