Astigmatism Diagnosis and Treatment

Astigmatism is a condition in which a part of your eye isn’t completely rounded, impacting the way that it bends light. This, in turn, affects how you see objects. We at Granite Pointe Eye Care serving Roseville, CA, can help determine if you have this condition and the best way to treat it.

Astigmatism Diagnosis

Symptoms of Astigmatism

Astigmatism can cause some unwanted symptoms, including the following:

  • Distorted vision in one or both eyes
  • Eyestrain and headaches
  • Having to squint constantly
  • Tired eyes
  • Difficulty seeing at night, especially while driving

Often, people will experience astigmatism in conjunction with other vision problems, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness.

How Is It Diagnosed?

A comprehensive eye exam is necessary in order to correctly provide an astigmatism diagnosis. This exam will include several tests, one of which determines how your eye refracts light. This test is completed using a device that will shine a light in your eyes to measure refraction.

Another test uses a device to determine the shape of your cornea and map it out. This is necessary for use during treatment.

You’ll also look through the phoropter, which you should be familiar with if you’ve ever worn eyeglasses. It’s the machine that lets you look through several lenses to determine the best one for your needs. This process helps provide your optometrist with the data necessary to prescribe the correct lenses if you need them.

Treatment for Astigmatism Diagnosis

There are several types of treatment, depending on your specific vision needs. For those who have mild astigmatism and no other vision issues, you might not need any treatment at all.

For others, you might need glasses, contacts, or surgery. In many cases, astigmatism can be corrected with eyeglasses. These compensate for the shape of the part of your eye that is causing your astigmatism.

If you’re not fond of wearing eyeglasses, contacts are an option. However, those with astigmatism may need contacts specifically designed for the condition.

In some cases, LASIK or PRK eye surgery is needed. This process means that the doctor makes a tiny flap in the cornea and uses a laser to reshape it – making it sound like it should be. This is a more permanent solution to astigmatism, but it’s important to talk through all treatment options with an eye doctor on our team to ensure you choose the best one.

Help Restore Your Vision with an Astigmatism Diagnosis Roseville, CA, Optometrist on Our Team

If you think you might have astigmatism or any other vision problem, Granite Pointe Eye Care serving Roseville, CA, can help you protect and restore your vision. Schedule an appointment by calling (916) 797-6747. 


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