Astigmatism is the most common vision problem, affecting most people to at least some degree. Astigmatism occurs when either the cornea or the lens of the eye has a slightly different surface curvature in one direction than the other. Instead of being even and smooth in all directions, the surface may be flatter or steeper in some areas. Slight amounts of astigmatism usually don’t affect vision and don’t require treatment. However, some patients with astigmatism seem to have significant difficulty driving at night or working under certain light conditions. They often complain of a shadowy affects on letters, distortion, glare and halos around lights. If you have been diagnosed with astigmatism, the following tips may help to improve unwanted symptoms:
- See your eye doctor every 12 months
- Use anti-reflective coating
- Ask about new contact lenses
- Hydrate your eyes
Our eyes are very delicate organs, and we should plan routine eye exams whether or not we notice any problems.
An eye exam will not only pick up vision problems but also early signs of disease, which if left untreated may lead to serious problems. An eye exam can also detect a number of other underlying health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, brain tumors, etc. An annual comprehensive eye examination consists of various tests that not only check your eye sight, but also neurological function, eye pressure, eye muscle coordination, and health of the external and internal eye structures.
By getting your eyes checked regularly, you’ll be able to keep them healthy your whole life. Neglect can be costly!