Will my Child Inherit my Eye Problems?

We know that many things that make us who we are can be inherited from our parents, hair and eye colour, facial features, height, or the lack thereof. Even some personality traits can be attributed to genetics, an easy going manner, or conversely, stubbornness, a love for reading or for taking apart and rebuilding things, a love of the outdoors. Other less desirable things can also be hereditary, such as arthritis, heart conditions or high blood pressure. But what about vision related problems? Can they also be inherited? Well, in some cases yes, but not necessarily.

Will you get your parent’s poor eyesight?

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Astigmatism

This is an interesting subject in that the first misconception that needs to be cleared up is its name: Astigmatism, not a Stigmatism. The next thing you need to know is that it is not an eye disease, it is a refractive error similar to nearsightedness (Myopia) and farsightedness (Hyperopia). Simply put, it is a condition where the eye focuses light improperly.

What causes Astigmatism?

What are Nearsighted, Farsighted and Astigmatism?

Your eye is a delicate instrument that, when working properly, allows you to see the world around you, both near and far. There are a number of things, accident, infection, disease, etc. that can damage the eye and cause it to function less than perfectly. Some of these things may be temporary and correct themselves over time. Some may require medication or surgery. And some may require corrective lenses – Glasses. The following are three common conditions which can affect your eyes as early as childhood and are often treated with a prescription for glasses. They are: Nearsightedness, Farsightedness and Astigmatism.