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Treatment for Astigmatisms

Astigmatisms are due to an irregular shape of the cornea and can cause poor night vision, eye irritations, and distorted vision among other symptoms. This is not an eye disease but rather a refractive issue like myopia and hyperopia and may develop along with these other refractice issues. Treatments for astigmatism, myopia, and hyperopia are similar and have some overlaps. And remember, just because you weren’t born with an astigmatism doesn’t mean it won’t develop later in life. Contact your ophthalmologist if you notice any concerning symptoms.

How do I know if I have an astigmatism?

Symptoms

If you have an astigmatism, you may see signs of the following:

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Distorted
Vision

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Squinting to
See Clearly

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Straining eyes
to see

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Poor Vision
Driving at Night

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Irritated
Eyes

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Headaches
and Eye Pain

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Diagnosis

Our first-in-class technology suite provides better detection & better outcomes for your vision health.

Eye Health Assessment

Eye Health Assessment

Ora System with VerifEye

Muscle Function Test

Verion™ Reference Unit

Visual Acuity or Refraction Test

Binocular Vision Skills Assessment

Binocular Vision Skills Assessment

Eye Pressure Test

Eye Pressure Test

Color Vision Screening

Color Vision Screening

This assessment uses an ophthalmoscope to examine different parts of your eye. This is a handheld piece of equipment that the doctor will use to examine your eyes with a light adjusted to the right aperture and filter necessary to see to the back of your eye.

Why We Use This Method:

  • This tool allows the doctor to evaluate your pupil responses, optic nerve, retina, cornea, and lens.
  • We use this tool to look for signs of eye diseases or retinal vascular diseases.
If you’ve ever had an optometrist ask you to follow an object with only your eyes without moving your head then you’ve completed a muscle function test. The object, commonly a pen or pencil, will be held 40cm from your face while the assessment is completed and generally takes less than 30 seconds to complete. This is performed to check the movement of your eyes in each direction and at specific angles. The doctor will then be able to determine muscle weakness or involuntary eye movement.

Why We Use This Method:

  • This checks for uncontrolled eye movement or double vision in patients.
  • We’re also able to identify the following potential problem: nystagmus, strabismus, mechanical restrictions due to traumatic injury.
Visual acuity, otherwise known as a refraction test, is used to determine the degree to which you may be nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism. It is performed via computerized test, machine, or by hand. The doctor is looking at the amount of light reflected by your retina to determine your refractive score. This refractive score is one half of your eyeglass or contact prescription.

The second part of your prescription is determined using a Phoroptor. It seems complicated and scary, but most people are familiar with this particular piece of equipment. This is pushed in front of your eyes and used as a mask for you to look through. At this point, you will read a chart of letters located roughly 20 feet from where you’re seated.

Why We Use This Method:

  • With refractive tests we can identify the following refractive errors: astigmatism, presbyopia, myopia, and hyperopia.
  • With this test we can diagnose macular degernations, retinal vessel occlusion, retinitis pigmentosa, and retinal detachment.
Binocular vision skills assessment aren’t routinely performed on every patient. But if patients complain of indicative symptoms this can be completed to make sure they aren’t suffering from a difficult to detect visual deficit. Failing this assessment could point to you suffering from improper depth perception, poor eye muscle coordination and the inability to change focus from near to far objects.

Why We Use This Method:

  • If patients are suffering from the following symptoms we will conduct a binocular vision skills assessment: double vision, headaches, eyestrain, and patients with a traumatic brain injury.
  • This assessment identifies the following: oculomotor dysfunctions, accomodative dysfunction, binocular vision dysfunction, strabismus, visual perceptual deficits.
Your doctor may administer one or more tests to evaluate your intra-ocular pressure. One commonly used test is through the use of a machine, that puffs air into your eye to test IOP call a non-contact tonometry (NCT). The eye bounces the air back to a sensor that reads the pressure automatically. While unpleasant, this test is not painful.

An alternative way to perform this test in the case of a NCT machine being unavailable is through manual testing. Eye drops will be administered and then gentle pressure will be applied to the surface of your eye by the ophthalmologist or using a blue light instrument. This will feel like placing a contact lense in your eye.

The desired range for eye pressure will vary from person to person but your ophthalmologist will determine the correct range for you individually. High intra-ocular pressure could point to glaucoma developing in your eyes which will need to be addressed further by the ophthalmologist.

Why We Use This Method:

  • The major purpose behind testing eye pressure is to identify eyes developing glaucoma.
Color vision screening is used to see how you perceive colors. Color blindness doesn’t generally affect everyday life. It is usually tested using a form of the Ishihara but more intensive forms of assessment are available. Extensive exams look into the type and severity of color blindness while color vision screening only shows if there is a color vision problem.

Why We Use This Method:

  • Identifying color blindness, especially in children, can explain poor performance or learning frustrations.
Eye Health Assessment

Eye Health Assessment

This assessment uses an ophthalmoscope to examine different parts of your eye. This is a handheld piece of equipment that the doctor will use to examine your eyes with a light adjusted to the right aperture and filter necessary to see to the back of your eye.

Why We Use This Method:

  • This tool allows the doctor to evaluate your pupil responses, optic nerve, retina, cornea, and lens.
  • We use this tool to look for signs of eye diseases or retinal vascular diseases.
Ora System with VerifEye

Muscle Function Test

If you’ve ever had an optometrist ask you to follow an object with only your eyes without moving your head then you’ve completed a muscle function test. The object, commonly a pen or pencil, will be held 40cm from your face while the assessment is completed and generally takes less than 30 seconds to complete. This is performed to check the movement of your eyes in each direction and at specific angles. The doctor will then be able to determine muscle weakness or involuntary eye movement.

Why We Use This Method:

  • This checks for uncontrolled eye movement or double vision in patients.
  • We’re also able to identify the following potential problem: nystagmus, strabismus, mechanical restrictions due to traumatic injury.
Verion™ Reference Unit

Visual Acuity or Refraction Test

Visual acuity, otherwise known as a refraction test, is used to determine the degree to which you may be nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism. It is performed via computerized test, machine, or by hand. The doctor is looking at the amount of light reflected by your retina to determine your refractive score. This refractive score is one half of your eyeglass or contact prescription.

The second part of your prescription is determined using a Phoroptor. It seems complicated and scary, but most people are familiar with this particular piece of equipment. This is pushed in front of your eyes and used as a mask for you to look through. At this point, you will read a chart of letters located roughly 20 feet from where you’re seated.

Why We Use This Method:

  • With refractive tests we can identify the following refractive errors: astigmatism, presbyopia, myopia, and hyperopia.
  • With this test we can diagnose macular degernations, retinal vessel occlusion, retinitis pigmentosa, and retinal detachment.
LuxOR™ Ophthalmic Microscope

LuxOR™ Ophthalmic Microscope

In cataract surgery, or other lens-replacement procedures, vision is improved by replacing the eye’s natural lens with an intra-ocular lens (IOL). IOLs come in different powers and sizes to compensate for each patient’s individual needs. For best vision after cataract surgery, precise measurements must be taken to determine which IOL to implant. The IOLMaster is a high-precision instrument revolutionizing all previous techniques and setting a new standard for IOL calculations, called optical biometry.
Eye Pressure Test

Eye Pressure Test

Your doctor may administer one or more tests to evaluate your intra-ocular pressure. One commonly used test is through the use of a machine, that puffs air into your eye to test IOP call a non-contact tonometry (NCT). The eye bounces the air back to a sensor that reads the pressure automatically. While unpleasant, this test is not painful.

An alternative way to perform this test in the case of a NCT machine being unavailable is through manual testing. Eye drops will be administered and then gentle pressure will be applied to the surface of your eye by the ophthalmologist or using a blue light instrument. This will feel like placing a contact lense in your eye.

The desired range for eye pressure will vary from person to person but your ophthalmologist will determine the correct range for you individually. High intra-ocular pressure could point to glaucoma developing in your eyes which will need to be addressed further by the ophthalmologist.

Why We Use This Method:

  • The major purpose behind testing eye pressure is to identify eyes developing glaucoma.
Color Vision Screening

Color Vision Screening

Color vision screening is used to see how you perceive colors. Color blindness doesn’t generally affect everyday life. It is usually tested using a form of the Ishihara but more intensive forms of assessment are available. Extensive exams look into the type and severity of color blindness while color vision screening only shows if there is a color vision problem.

Why We Use This Method:

  • Identifying color blindness, especially in children, can explain poor performance or learning frustrations.

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FAQ

Who is at risk of developing astigmatisms?

While astigmatisms can develop in both adults and children, the following risk factors indicator individuals who are most at risk for this refractive issue:

  • Family history of astigmatisms
  • Thin cornea
  • Previous eye surgeries
  • Extreme hyperopia or myopia

What happens if an astigmatism is left untreated?

Astigmatism will not improve on its own and can actually worsen if left untreated. It can cause headaches and eye strain especially after long periods of close-work.

Are there different types of astigmatisms?

There are two types of astigmatism, regular and irregular. The more common form of astigmatism, regular astigmatism, can be corrected with either contacts or glasses. Irregular astigmatism is more severe, resulting in uneven curvature across the eye. This form of astigmatism can only be treated with contact lenses.

What causes astigmatisms?

Astigmatisms develop due to a mishappen cornea. This irregular curve in the lens of the eye changes the way your eye takes in light. Because your eye refracts light differently than a normal eye would, it can result in blurry or distorted vision. While some astigmatism occurs naturally due to the cornea shape, a more severe type of astigmatism occurs as a result of eye injury.

Are astigmatisms hereditary?

Astigmatisms can be considered hereditary to a certain degree. Those who develop astigmatism usually do so in their early childhood years or have astigmatisms present from birth. While the specific cause for developing astigmatisms is unknown, if you have parents with astigmatisms it is more likely you will also develop astigmatisms in your lifetime.

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