Ideally, your eyes should have a round shape that allows even distribution of light to produce clear images. Irregularities in this shape can cause refractive errors and blurry vision because of uneven light bending. This is why some people wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. Today, AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care will discuss one of the conditions that cause blurry vision: astigmatism.
Regular vs. Irregular Astigmatism
In regular astigmatism, the principal meridians are perpendicular. The principal meridians are the flattest and steepest meridians of the eye. There are three kinds of regular astigmatism: oblique astigmatism, against-the-rule astigmatism and with-the-rule astigmatism. Irregular astigmatism, however, is more uncommon than regular astigmatism. In irregular astigmatism, the principal meridians are not perpendicular.
Astigmatism Risk Factors and Symptoms
Patients suffering from astigmatism have blurred vision when viewing both faraway and close objects. They may also experience eyestrain and headaches. We recommend visiting your eye doctor for an eye exam if you experience these symptoms. They will be able to determine exactly what is wrong with your eyes and prescribe the right contact lenses or eyeglasses for your needs. Risk factors for this condition include heredity, eye injury and surgeries.
Corrective eyewear can alter the way light enters the eyes, compensating for the astigmatism. For some cases of astigmatism, however, LASIK can be a good option. However, not all people are qualified to undergo LASIK surgery. Meet with your eye doctor and see if surgery is the right choice to treat your astigmatism.
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