Astigmatism | Diagnosis & Treatment

How is astigmatism diagnosed?

Starting at about six months, children should have regular eye exams to catch conditions like astigmatism, myopia and hyperopia. An eye doctor (ophthalmologist) will examine the child’s eyes and measure the shape of the corneas. When the child is old enough, the eye doctor will test their ability to focus on objects up close, middle distance and far away.

How is astigmatism treated?

Most mild cases of astigmatism can be corrected with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. In children with astigmatism, eyeglasses tend to work better than contact lenses.

In some cases, the child’s eye doctor may suggest a procedure called corneal cross linking to prevent the condition from progressing further. This procedure increases the rigidity of the cornea so that it does not become more misshapen over time.