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Astigmatism Treatment

Astigmatism is a problem related to your eyes. Usually, an eyeball of a normal human is like a round ball in which the light comes and it evenly bends so as to give you a clear view of everything. However, in astigmatism the eyeball is shaped like the back of a spoon and because of which the light coming in bends into one particular direction resulting in focusing on only one part of an object. Distant objects may look wavy or blurry.

Symptoms of Astigmatism
Some of the prevailing symptoms of this problem are:

  • Double or blurred vision
  • Small prints getting blurred
  • Difficulty in reading
  • Inability to see both distant and near objects
  • Headache
  • Eyestrain

Types of Astigmatism
Various types of astigmatism exist including:

  • Hyperopic astigmatism –Both or one principal eye meridians are farsighted
  • Myopic astigmatism – One or both principal eye meridians are nearsighted
  • Mixed astigmatism –One principal eye meridian is farsighted and the other one is nearsighted

Astigmatism treatment in India helps the patientto focus better by implying procedure as per his condition etc. The Astigmatism treatment cost in India is also less compared to the cost in other countries. India is thus becoming a hub for medical tourism by offering the best of medical tourism packages, services and top notch facilities including best doctors, surgeons and hospitals.

Causes of Astigmatism

Those who have an irregularly shaped cornea will face this problem of astigmatism. The cornea has to be round shaped and people suffering from this have their corneas shaped like an American football. If we talk about principalmeridians of an eye, the flattest and steepest meridians of an eye with astigmatism are known as principalmeridians.

Some common causes include:

  • Some eye injury
  • Eye disease
  • Keratoconus in which the cornea becomescone-shaped or it gets thinner

Treatment Procedure of Astigmatism

Contacts and glasses are the common treatments for almost all cases but that too if you have slight astigmatism. Irregular astigmatism is linked to cornea, but is less common. Usually, there are two treatment procedures that are followed:

  • Refractive surgery –It is a laser surgery which is of more than one type. The doctor will help you suggest which one to go for depending upon the condition. In this type the shape of your cornea is changed.
  • Corrective Lenses –As discussed about it simply means lenses or glasses. Toric, those are soft contact lenses are usually prescribed by the doctor to those suffering from astigmatism. In severe cases gas-permeable rigid contact lens are prescribed.

Astigmatism Test & Diagnosis
It can be detected by the following:

  • Routine Eye test
  • Retinoscopy - a light is shined into your eye while introducing a chain of lenses between the eye and light. Automated instruments have now come up for this because of which this preliminary test for astigmatism gets faster.
  • Manual Refraction – this is done improve the results of preliminaryastigmatismtests

Manual Refraction is also called subjective or manifest refraction. In this an instrument called phoropter containing many lenses is placed in front of the eyes. Then few questions are asked on the basis of this.

 

 

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