I Have Astigmatism: Do I Need Glasses or Surgery?

If you’ve been diagnosed with astigmatism, you may be wondering whether treatment is really worth it, especially if your condition is mild. The experts at Paragon Eye Associates encourage you to familiarize yourself with the effects of uncorrected astigmatism and learn about the best treatment option for you. 

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a type of refractive error in your eye — just like nearsightedness and farsightedness, astigmatism involves distortion of the way light is supposed to travel through your eye. 

But instead of the light simply focusing in front of your retina (nearsightedness) or behind your retina (farsightedness), astigmatism occurs when light fails to focus evenly across your retina. 

Astigmatism often occurs in conjunction with nearsightedness or farsightedness, although it usually causes blurry or distorted vision both close up and far away. Most of the time, astigmatism comes from a misshapen cornea or lens, which can result in light waves bending in ways they shouldn’t. 

How do I know if my astigmatism is bad?

The only true way to discover whether you have any degree of astigmatism is to see an optometrist for an eye exam. However, you can watch out for certain symptoms that may indicate you have astigmatism, such as: 

If you experience any of those symptoms, visit Paragon Eye Associates for a vision exam. Your optometrist will determine how mild or severe your astigmatism is.

Do I need glasses or surgery for my astigmatism?

Your optometrist at Paragon Eye Associates determines whether you need treatment for astigmatism. Some cases are so slight that they don’t require treatment, or they can be simultaneously treated with a prescription for corrective lenses that fix nearsightedness or farsightedness. 

Mild cases of astigmatism are usually treated with corrective glasses or contact lenses, and severe astigmatisms sometimes warrant surgery, such as LASIK or other refractive correctional procedures.

What if I don’t get my astigmatism treated?

Uncorrected astigmatism can lead to a handful of complications with your eye health, including amblyopia (lazy eye) and worsened vision overall. You may also experience heightened symptoms of eyestrain, such as dry eye and headaches, as a result of making your eyes work very hard to see. 

To learn more about astigmatism or schedule a vision exam, call the Paragon Eye Associates office nearest you, either in Arlington, Texas (817-631-9824) in or Mansfield, Texas (817-662-7979). You can also send a message to the Paragon Eye Associates team here on the website.

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