Astigmatism Diagnosis and Treatment
What is Astigmatism?
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What Causes Astigmatism?
Astigmatism can be hereditary and is often present at birth. Astigmatism can also result from pressure from the eyelids on the cornea, incorrect posture or an increased use of the eyes for close work.
How is Astigmatism Diagnosed?
Dr. Sheiner can diagnose astigmatism by a thorough eye exam. Astigmatism may occur with other refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness). Unfortunately, astigmatism often goes undetected in school-age children.
Because astigmatism may increase slowly, you should visit Total Family Eyecare for an eye exam once each year. Dr. Sheiner is trained specifically to determine and improve visual acuity with the prescription of eyeglasses or contact lenses.
How is Astigmatism Treated?
Almost all degrees of astigmatism can be corrected with properly prescribed eyeglasses or contact lenses. For a person with only a slight degree of astigmatism, corrective lenses may not be needed at all, as long as other conditions such as nearsightedness or farsightedness are not present. If the astigmatism is moderate to high, however, corrective lenses are probably needed.
Corrective lenses can be either eyeglasses or contact lenses. For astigmatism, special corrective contact lenses called toric lenses are prescribed. Toric lenses have greater light bending power in one direction than the other. After taking a few measurements, Dr. Sheiner will determine the ideal toric lens prescription for your astigmatism.
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