Correcting Astigmatism

Written by Julie Bruff
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Correcting Astigmatism in Childhood

Astigmatism is not just a problem of focus being off in one area of a person's vision. Astigmatism means that often, vision is blurred at all distances and images are often distorted as well as blurred. To a child with astigmatism this can mean that they perceive the world around them in a totally different way to other children. It is not an exaggeration to say that astigmatism can have a profoundly negative effect on childhood if steps are not taken to correct the vision defect.

This is why it is essential to get eyesight problems diagnosed, and to begin treatment for correcting astigmatism as soon as possible. There are several different ways of correcting astigmatism. Eyeglasses or contacts are the most commonly used method for correcting astigmatism for the simple reason that refractive surgery, or laser eye surgery cannot be performed on people under 21 years of age for the simple reason that their eyes are still growing and changing.

Lenses Used for Correcting Astigmatism

The type of lenses used for correcting astigmatism are not like regular lenses. They are a special cylindrical shape that is referred to as Toric. If a person with astigmatism also has myopia or hyperopia (near- or farsightedness), then their prescription can be adjusted to correct these vision problems too.

Laser vision correction surgery is very popular because for many astigmatism patients it offers them the possibility of seeing properly without glasses or contacts for the first time every. Although laser surgery can sometimes bring with it side effects, such as experiencing glare, or seeing halos around objects, many people are prepared to accept the possibility that they will experience the downside of corrective surgery. Because seeing without glasses or contacts, and being able to participate in activities and sports is no less than a miracle to them. It must be borne in mind that a small section of the population are not eligible for laser eye surgery because of some underlying condition, or because their sight defect is too pronounced to be corrected in this way.

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