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Astigmatism in Children

What is childhood astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a common refractive disorder that affects either the shape of the cornea or the shape of the lens.  For both near and far objects, vision can be blurred because the affected eye cannot focus.  Astigmatism can coexist with both nearsightedness and farsightedness and should be corrected as soon as it is diagnosed.  Astigmatism in kids can be difficult to diagnose because children with astigmatism sometimes don’t recognize the blurriness they see as a condition worth reporting.  Comprehensive eye exams are necessary for a correct diagnosis and to rule out other eye concerns. 

Symptoms and treatment of astigmatism

Astigmatism is treated with corrective lenses in much the same way as myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness).  Astigmatism symptoms resemble the early symptoms of the other refractive disorders: blurred vision, distorted vision, eyestrain and headaches.  Our optometrist will test the visual acuity, or strength of your child’s eyes and then will look at the surface of their eyes to see what kinds of lenses will be most effective. 

No Need to Struggle with Blurred Vision

Don’t let your child’s astigmatism go undiagnosed. School screenings won’t detect the problem, and, left untreated, your child may struggle in school and in life.  We have the expertise to diagnose and treat astigmatism, plus you kids will love our huge eyewear selection. Whoever said glasses weren’t cool, hasn’t checked out our styles!

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