Astigmatism in Children and Adults

Astigmatism is so common that most people have some degree of it. Whether or not you need corrective lenses to deal with your astigmatism depends on how much this condition affects your vision. If you have difficulty seeing clearly, don't wait. Come see us at Montana Eyecare in Helena for an exam and some corrective lenses to reduce the effects of astigmatism on your ability to see clearly.


Astigmatism Symptoms

The main symptom of astigmatism is blurry vision at any distance. You may also experience headaches, eye irritation, and eyestrain, difficulty seeing at night. These symptoms can appear in both children and adults.

How Bad Is My Astigmatism?

The severity of astigmatism varies from person to person. While some have a mild astigmatism, others can have one so severe that it almost completely compromises their sight. Your optometrist can gauge your astigmatism through a series of tests and measurements.

What Type of Astigmatism Tests Does an Eye Doctor Do?

During an eye exam, your optometrist will look at the shape of your eye using a keratometer, and thus any degree of astigmatism you may have. Because your eyes can change over time, you will likely have this test repeated at every future eye exam. This repetition will help your optometrist to see if your astigmatism worsens.

What Causes Astigmatism to Worsen?

Because astigmatism in children can worsen as they age to adults, an annual eye exam that includes an astigmatism test is critical for ensuring that prescription lenses and both prescribed and match the level of vision correction needed for each individual.

Failing to wear your glasses or contacts does not cause astigmatism to worsen. The condition typically progresses as you age. However, with the help of an optometrist, you can always stay one step ahead of any visual impediments.

How to Correct Astigmatism

An eye doctor knows how to correct astigmatism. Depending on your eyes, you may need glasses, or any type of contact lenses and even hard to fit contact lenses.

LASIK and other Refractive surgical procedures are also available to correct astigmatism. Consult your optometrist to see if you qualify for this procedure.  

Visit Us for Testing and Treatment for Your Astigmatism

With an annual eye exam, you can find out if you have astigmatism, and keep track of the condition to see if it worsens over time. During your visit, one of our optometrists will test your vision and can provide you with an accurate prescription for corrective eyewear, whether you want glasses or contacts.

At Montana Eyecare in Helena, we want to help you see well. With convenient hours Mondays through Saturdays, it’s easy to find a time for an appointment that fits into your schedule. Call us today at (406) 443-2121 to arrange your visit.  



Find us on the map

Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Helena Office


7:00 am-5:30 pm


7:00 am-7:00 pm


7:00 am-7:00 pm


7:00 am-7:00 pm


7:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-4:00 pm