Astigmatism might be mistaken to other eye problems, such as glaucoma, and thus, it is beneficial to know its potential symptoms in order to seek for more suitable treatments. Proper treatments will fight the negative effects caused by astigmatism and prevent further effects from occurring. Initial treatments performed as soon as the symptoms of astigmatism are noticed will provide comfort and reduce blurry vision that may be harmful within certain daily activities.
Symptoms of astigmatism
Astigmatism may not be immediately noticed as soon as it occurs. Many people are even suffering from this eye condition without feeling any specific symptoms. Children, to be specific, are often undergoing this blurry vision problem without being able to explain any specific symptoms to the parents. As astigmatism may not only cause major discomfort, but also the ability to read and concentrate properly, knowing its potential symptoms is very important.
Related to the main symptoms of astigmatism, some people are suffering from some signs, which include:
- Blurry, fuzzy, or distorted vision at almost any distances. Hence, this unclear vision may be undergone when perceiving objects at either short or long distance from the affected eye. In people with astigmatism, blurry vision is almost always the main symptom that occurs anytime or very frequently.
- Problem or difficulty seeing at night or with very limited light. In some people with astigmatism, night vision is difficult, as the cornea reflect much less light compared to daytime, so that the imaging process causes more blurry vision.
- Frequent squinting of the eye as the effort of the cornea in getting more light to process the incoming images.
- Eyestrain that occurs as a result of prolonged cornea involvement within certain activities. This eyestrain may also lead to headaches, especially migraine, and nausea. While limited light leads to more blurry vision, prolonged exposure to excessive light may lead to eye sensitivity or headaches.
Complications of astigmatism
If the symptoms of astigmatism are not clearly seen and thus, cause failure in treating the eye condition properly, another complication related to this cornea shape irregularity may develop. One of these complications include lazy eyes. This is a childhood condition that develops as the result of improper development of the vision on one eye. When silent symptoms of astigmatism are not treated, the patient starts to see less clearly out of the affected eye and thus, rely more on the “good” eye. Children that squint the eyes too frequently may signal the symptoms of the occurrence of astigmatism and thus, may require immediate treatment to prevent the development of lazy eye.
If you are suffering from one or more of the above symptoms of astigmatism, it is advised to see an ophthalmologist to get the eye checked. There will be a series of eye examination performed to elaborate the occurring symptoms and thus, conclude the eye condition. If you can easily spot the disturbing symptoms of astigmatism, especially the blurry vision, you can see the ophthalmologist to reassure the condition.
When to have the eye tested
Astigmatism can be corrected with glasses or therapeutic contact lenses that help correct the cornea irregular shape. In fact, astigmatism is quite common in children, whether preschool or at school ages. Children with astigmatism may experience harder time concentrating at school, since this condition causes severe headache or nausea when the patient needs to concentrate or focus for prolonged duration. However, some other children are suffering from astigmatism with less visible symptoms, making regular eye tests and examination become quite important.
During preschool and school years, the children’s visual system is developing along with the rest of the body, so that existent astigmatism that has been improved with glasses may require glasses changes. This is normal and should be paid attention to, so that the glasses or soft lenses worn by the children are able to provide proper treatment.