What is the treatment for astigmatism

Astigmatism (astigmatism)

Irrespective of whether the astigmatism was congenital or acquired in the course of life, the curvature should be corrected with glasses or contact lenses from 0.75 diopters. No significant visual impairments are to be expected below this value.

A typical sign of an existing astigmatism is blurred vision, which affects close, medium and long distances equally. Affected people can temporarily focus on the image by squinting their eyes. If this happens regularly, other physical complaints, such as headaches, burning, watery or dry eyes, are usually the consequences of this visual disorder. Therefore, the exact cause of the symptoms should be clarified by an ophthalmologist.

Just like squinting, farsightedness, and nearsightedness, astigmatism can also be inherited. In order to start appropriate therapy measures as early as possible, 2 ophthalmological examinations are already provided for in the mother-child passport. Checks by the ophthalmologist should take place between the 10th and 14th or between the 22nd and 26th month of life. Most of the time the results are inconspicuous. Nevertheless, it is advisable to carry out annual follow-up examinations. Visual defects that are recognized by the time they start school and treated accordingly can often be completely eliminated. If this does not happen, however, permanent ametropia can be the result.