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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