Understanding and Treating Astigmatism
Astigmatism is a vision disorder that can have harmful effects on your eyes. However, this condition is very treatable. Astigmatism is a common disorder, and is one of the many that we can treat at DeCarlo Eye Center. Located in Wauwatosa, WI, our team, including Dr. John DeCarlo, can assist you with any eye issues you have.
Causes and Effects of Astigmatism
Your eyes have many parts to their anatomy. The cornea, which is the transparent covering at the front of the eyeball, plays an important role in vision. The eye lens helps you focus and create clear images. The retina is the area that receives light.
Astigmatism occurs when either the cornea or the lens is improperly shaped. This leads to the disruption of the normal focusing process. This condition can be a birth defect or may result from an injury. It may also occur in conjunction with either myopia, which prevents proper focusing on distant objects, or hyperopia, which affects focusing when reading or seeing things close to the eyes.
Astigmatism symptoms include blurred vision, difficulty seeing things clearly at night, and even headaches. An astigmatic condition that greatly interferes with your ability to see should be treated by our ophthalmologist.
This condition can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination. Our doctor will visually examine your eyes using special equipment. After a diagnosis, we can help you decide on the best course of action. Since it is a refractive disorder, astigmatism can usually be treated with corrective lenses.
Eyeglasses are a convenient way of correcting a focusing problem and can make it possible for you to see clearly. Glasses come in different shapes, sizes, and colors, and can be made to fit your appearance. Those who are not interested in wearing eyeglasses can often get the same result with contact lenses. Fitted directly over the cornea, these small lenses also come in different types, including soft, rigid, and bifocal.
In more severe cases of astigmatism, surgery may be the best treatment option. There are various types of surgery that can help, including LASIK. This improves your ability to focus without needing to wear glasses or contact lenses.
Visit Our Ophthalmologist
An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specifically treats vision disorders and can perform surgery or prescribe lenses. Dr. DeCarlo can help you with whatever eye condition you are suffering from. At DeCarlo Eye Center in Wauwatosa, WI, we have the latest equipment so we can diagnose you and provide you with different treatment options. If you are suffering from astigmatism or another eye problem, call us today to set up an appointment.