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What You Need to Know About Astigmatism

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Astigmatism is a common eye condition that often worsens with age. Since the condition distorts vision, astigmatism makes daily life much harder for seniors. Following is everything North Broward live-in caregivers need to know in order to care for seniors with astigmatism.

What Is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is an issue that occurs in the cornea or the lens, which are both clear rounded domes that cover the iris and pupil of the eye. If the cornea or lens is not smoothly curved due to an injury or deformity, it distorts light that enters the eye. These improperly refracted light beams do not create a clear picture of light beams for the brain to interpret into a sharply defined image.

How Is Astigmatism Different from Other Vision Issues?

Most seniors have trouble seeing things either close up or far away. However, since astigmatism disrupts vision even before the eyes focus on an object, everything is blurry and distorted at any distance. Seniors may notice that objects from all distances look abnormally tall, wide, fuzzy, or blurry. However, unlike age-related macular degeneration, seniors with astigmatism do not have a smaller field of vision.

Are There Any Warning Signs for Astigmatism?

At first it can be hard to tell if a senior has astigmatism, but there are a few warning signs that happen before vision is noticeably impaired. Seniors with astigmatism may get headaches due to vision irregularities. They may also have more trouble seeing things at night. Other telltale symptoms of astigmatism include squinting, irritated eyes, and eyestrain.

How Is Astigmatism Treated?

Fortunately, there are eyeglasses and contact lenses that easily treat most cases of astigmatism by regulating the field of vision. Some seniors may also benefit from orthokeratology, a treatment that uses rigid contact lenses to temporarily smooth the surface of the eye. In severe cases, surgery can be used to permanently reshape the eye surface.

Should your loved one have distorted vision and require North Broward in-home care, turn to Home Care Assistance. We provide flexible live-in and hourly services to help seniors manage everyday tasks such as housekeeping, running errands, meal preparation and so much more. Contact a friendly Care Manager at 954-906-5161 today to learn more about our comprehensive services and schedule a complimentary consultation.