What is Astigmatism?

What Is Astigmatism? Despite astigmatism being fairly common among many adults and children, a huge population is completely unaware about it.

To first give you an idea about how common is common, roughly 1 in 6 American adults have astigmatism. It has been found that 2/3 of people who have myopia also known as nearsightedness or short sightedness also have astigmatism.

Astigmatism in children is close to 3 out of 10 kids anywhere between the ages of 5 to 17 have been found to have astigmatism.

Some children are just simply born with astigmatism, but as they are so young, they are sometimes not able to explain to their parents all the correct symptoms.

Many of these younger children who have an eye astigmatism do not get treated until much later in life when symptoms are almost unbearable. It is quite important for children to visit an ophthalmologist to help prevent any of the astigmatism symptoms from getting worse later in life and to remove any discomfort for them.

Adults should also visit an eye care specialist or eye care professional such as a ophthalmologist when they are unable to see things clearly.

The big question remains, what is astigmatism? To answer this simply, astigmatism is where the cornea is oddly shaped.

Typically this oddity is shaped either like a football or the back of a spoon. Depending on the shape and if the eye views horizontal lines better than vertical lines or vice versa, it will greatly determine what treatment is best for your eyes.

To explain it even further, a normal cornea is smooth and round in nature; because the cornea is smooth this greatly helps light enter into the eye as one direct light source.

When your eyes are able to see one direct source, it helps the eye processes objects and images properly. Basically, it gives you a focus point to process a clear and sharp image along with giving you depth and perspective.

Unfortunately for people who have astigmatism, they do not possess such a smooth and nicely round cornea. Because their cornea is uneven in nature, light is processed in multiple points and the eye is unable to focus on one light source.

When the eye tries to focus, it picks up tons of these rays of light and is unsure which is the 'true source'. It does the next best thing and projects several of these light sources for the brain to process and this is why you see an unclear and have blurry vision.

There is no known reason as to why people simply develop astigmatism and others do not. To help protect your eyesight or to prevent your eyesight from worsening, you can go through various treatments like getting glasses, contacts, eye surgery, and even eating certain foods can help tremendously.

Foods that are highly rich in Vitamin A helps eyesight. Foods like spinach, liver, cod oil, sweet potatoes, carrots, and even eggs help the eyes. There are other important foods for eye health.

Magnesium also helps improve vision and it might be beneficial for you to take some digestive enzymes to help increase the absorption of vitamin A and other materials.

Remember nothing beats a healthy diet with the right balance of vitamins and minerals when it comes to preventing an eyesight problem.

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