If your little one struggles with reading books or seeing the classroom chalkboard, a problem with her vision could be to blame. Letters may blur together or may not look like letters at all. Hopeful parents have many medical options when it comes to treating and managing a child's astigmatism.
Can An Astigmatism Go Away?
Astigmatism is often caused by an abnormal curvature of the eye's cornea, causing vision to be blurry, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Children may have difficulty seeing the finer details of objects close or far away. However, the condition will not go away on its own. In mild cases, children may not need any treatment for astigmatism, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. An eye exam can determine the severity of your child's astigmatism, as well as how necessary it is to undergo treatment to correct it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Glasses and contact lenses are among the most common forms of treatment for astigmatism, according to the Mayo Clinic website. Eyeglasses tend to yield more effective results for children than contact lenses, according to the Boston Children's Hospital website. Refractive surgery may also be recommended to correct the surface of your child's eye. After surgery, your child's astigmatism should be gone, along with any related nearsightedness or farsightedness, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Regular eye exams are necessary as your child grows, as his astigmatism may require a different eyeglass or contact lens prescription in the future.
Most cases of astigmatism begin at birth, according to the Boston Children's Hospital website. However, astigmatism may also appear later in childhood or in adulthood. Before diagnosis, children may suffer from fatigue, headaches and eye strain related to vision difficulties. However, an exact cause behind astigmatism is not yet known, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. In some cases, astigmatism may occur after certain eye surgeries.
If you suspect that your child may have astigmatism or another vision problem, make an appointment with his doctor or an eye specialist immediately. Correcting vision problems early can prevent your child from having other problems, like difficulties in school.