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Astigmatism in Children

By specadm October 7 th, 2015

Astigmatism is fairly common and occurs when the cornea is shaped oblong like a football rather than round like a basketball, causing light to focus on two points within the eye instead of one. Mild Astigmatism is commonly found in young children and usually subsides as they grow older. It can often go undetected in school aged children as its slow progression makes the condition difficult to diagnose. While astigmatism can sometimes be present from birth, it can also develop as a result of injury or a trauma to the eye. The good news is that it can be corrected in children through the use of glasses and also naturally through exercises. Warning signs and symptoms As astigmatism can develop in very young children it is important for parents to look out for and recognise common symptoms for early detection. One of the early warning signs is difficulty reading words and letters on the blackboard. If you notice your child narrowing his or her eyes to look at objects in the distance, or holding a book too close to the eyes while reading, your child may be suffering from astigmatism. Poor concentration levels, headaches, blurry vision and tilting of the head to get a clearer image can also be indicators that astigmatism is at play. Treating Astigmatism Astigmatism can be corrected with the use of eyeglasses or contact lenses which are designed to compensate for the irregular shape of the cornea, so that the image is properly focused on the retina. Only a comprehensive eye examination can determine for certain if your child may have uncorrected astigmatism. Contact us today to book an appointment with one of our friendly Optometrists.