Tips for Recognizing and Treating Astigmatism
Do your eyes ever feel tired or strained after spending too much time looking at a screen? If so, you may experience astigmatism. Astigmatism is a refractive error that occurs when the front surface of the eye, the cornea, is curved or has an irregular shape. This curve causes light rays to bend in different directions, which results in blurred vision.
At Primary Eyecare & Optical of Meridian, our team of experienced optometrists can help you treat your astigmatism and get you on the road to clear vision. Here are a few tips for recognizing and treating astigmatism.
Look for Symptoms and Schedule an Exam
Common symptoms of astigmatism include eyestrain, headaches, fatigue, and squinting. If you experience these symptoms, make an appointment with your eye doctor or optometrist.
A comprehensive eye exam is the best way to diagnose astigmatism. Our eye doctor will conduct a series of tests to determine whether you have the condition and, if so, how severe it is.
Consider Treatment Options
If you have astigmatism, there are several treatment options available. These include glasses, contact lenses, and refractive surgery like LASIK. Our eye doctor will help you choose the treatment option that’s right for you based on your condition's severity, lifestyle, and personal preferences.
After starting treatment for astigmatism, follow up with our eye doctor regularly to ensure your condition is appropriately managed and your vision improves.
Practice Good Optical Health Habits
In addition to routine visits, there are some things you can do at home to help treat and prevent astigmatism. These include using artificial tears to relieve dryness, irritation and wearing sunglasses outdoors to protect your eyes from UV rays.
How Often Should I See My Eye Doctor?
If you have astigmatism, you must regularly visit our optometrist to ensure your condition is managed correctly. Depending on the severity of your astigmatism, you may need to see your eye doctor every one or two years.
Why Is a Comprehensive Eye Exam Important?
A comprehensive eye exam is essential for diagnosing and treating astigmatism. During a comprehensive eye exam, our eye doctor will conduct a series of tests to determine whether you have the condition and, if so, how severe it is. They will also discuss your treatment options with you and help you make the right choice.
Visit Our Optometrist for an Eye Check
If you think you may have astigmatism, you can best schedule an appointment with our optometrist for a comprehensive exam. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to managing this condition and maintaining a clear vision for years to come.
To learn more about astigmatism or to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, call Primary Eyecare & Optical of Meridian today at (601) 485-2020.