Seeing an optometrist for a routine comprehensive eye exam can help ensure your eyes are healthy and you see clearly. Additionally, if needed, seeing an eye doctor can help treat various eye conditions, including astigmatism, using contact lenses or eyeglasses to help reduce the effects of this common eye condition. The optometrist and ophthalmologist at Lavenburg Medical Group in Elkton, MD, are ready to help with your vision care needs, including astigmatism treatment, surgery, or prescribing vision correction lenses.
What Is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a visual condition caused when the cornea or lens has a different shape than usual. This condition is common and easily treated using corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses to treat astigmatism symptoms. People can develop astigmatism from eye disease, eye injury, surgery, or genetics.
Astigmatism causes refractive errors leading to nearsightedness, farsightedness, or other conditions causing blurry vision.
Symptoms of Astigmatism
Though patients with astigmatism can vary, most patients experience similar signs and symptoms. The most common signs of astigmatism include blurry vision, needing to squint to see, headaches, eye strain, and difficulty seeing at night. If you notice any symptoms of astigmatism, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
Treatment Options for Astigmatism
Various treatment options are available to treat astigmatism, including corrective lenses, such as eyeglasses and contact lenses. In addition, some patients with astigmatism may benefit from refractive surgery to improve their vision and reduce the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses. Each treatment option has pros and cons, and it is best to speak with an optometrist to determine the best treatment option for your astigmatism concerns, symptoms, and severity.
If the astigmatism is mild, you may not need treatment. However, speaking with your eye doctor can help provide guidance and recommendations for astigmatism treatment. An optometrist can help treat astigmatism by prescribing corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses. If surgery is needed to treat astigmatism, an ophthalmologist will conduct the surgery and provide all follow-up treatment.
See an Optometrist for Astigmatism Treatment
If you are experiencing signs of astigmatism, it is best to schedule an eye exam with an optometrist for proper diagnosis and guidance for recommended treatment. The Lavenburg Medical Group in Elkton, MD, provides patients with a quick diagnosis for conditions such as astigmatism and offers various treatment options. Call our office at 302-993-0722 to learn more about astigmatism and how our optometrists provide optimal care and treatment of this condition.