my dr said i have astigmatism.. What exactly is it? he didnt explain just expected me to know what it was.. He gave me a perscription for glasses and said it will help, but i have almost 20 20 vision so i didnt see the need to get glasses...
I am an optometrist...there is a non-surgical alternatives that can help you called ortho-k. This uses special contact lenses that you wear at night to correct your vision, and you remove them in the morning, providing you with close to 20/20 vision.
This also depends on the severity of your myopia and astigmatism. If you would let me know your RX, I can help you out more thoroughly. Some people who are afraid of surgery use this method and are very happy as it requires NO surgery.
Your astigmatism MAY get slightly worse, but a lot of the time it does not.
astigmatism is where the cornea of your eye is misshapen for whatever reason (usually genetics or injury, in your case, genetics as its progressing not healing)
this means that the light coming in the front of your eye is focusing properly through some of your lens but not through the other, so some of your vision will be more blurry than others.
if you were a CD player you would find this useful, but unfortunately you are a human and therefore do not.
there is a phyiscal fault with your eye and the only way to truly correct this is with surgery, the non surgical method mentioned above is likely to help, however i believe this uses quite uncomfortable lenses that again are expensive, it is also an ongoing treatment method, not something that will permenantly correct your vision.
you may find that once you have reached full maturity your body will stop growing and your vision may well stop deteriorating so fast and therefore you would need glasses less often.
also once the surgery is completed (if you choose this route, which i thouroughly recommend, it is effective!) you will have no astigmatism in your vision, if it should deteriorate again, it is likely to do so slower than before while you were maturing and your brain can cope with a certain amount of astigmatism without you noticing, almost 1/3 of the population have astigmatism, and most dont really notice.
astigmatism also gets worse at night, so dont be disheartened if you have trouble reading at night, this is to be expected.
astigmatism is linked to the aging process so unfortunately you are likely to have a recurrance of astigmatism when you get older, but hopefully in the 30 years before that happens, they develop something better than the current surgical option facing you.
look into the ortho-k, but i recommend surgery as you seem to desire freedom from glasses/contacts, and you appear to wish to have the "cheaper" option, surgery may cost more in the outlay, but think... no more glasses or contacts for 10 years at least, more probably, not for the rest of your life (for astigmatism at least)
i hope you make the right choice for yourself, and if you dont understand what your doctors are telling you, ask... they dont explain unless you ask...
i am a nightmare for my doctors as i routinely look over their shoulder and interpret blood test results for myself, which can be really irritating for them i guess, but id rather be sure whats going on!
Astigmatism is probably the most common refractive disorder. Most people have it. If yours is getting worse all the time and your doctors have not sent you to a specialist doctor or told you you might have kerataconus - then I think you might be stressing a little much. Your optom might have just said your cyl (astigmatism) on your eye has change by 0.25 or the like. Sometimes they add more to your myopic/hyperopic script and sometimes they take some of that off and add it to your astigmatic script. It would be useful to know your prescription.
Hard contact lenses are brilliant for this - they are much cheaper than glasses or disposable contact lenses (that people with high astigmatism cannot wear). But relax - it is nothing major, you will live with it like most of the rest of planet earth and the millions who have really high astigmatism! Good luck and don't take things so seriously!
Dr. Peters I am 32 years old i seen your comment on Ortho-K I was told that I could be legally blind in a few years from my astigmatism. I started out near sighted now the only reason I wear glasses now is because the astigmatism an I got my last pair of glasses this past march and am needing it changed already. Have been told that LASIK will not help me and was looking in to it an seen it may make night blindess worse the is one of my probelms now waht can I do