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What To Know About Astigmatism

Have you been experiencing some vision symptoms, and wondering if you have astigmatism? Or, maybe you recently went to the eye doctor, and were told you do indeed have astigmatism in one or both eyes. What is it exactly? And is it treatable? Here’s a look at this often-misunderstood eye focusing problem.

What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is not an eye disease or condition. It simply is a way to refer to a differently shaped cornea or lens than normal. Astigmatism is very common, most often inherited from parents, although it can also be caused by an eye injury, disease or surgery.

“Normally, the cornea and lens at the front of the eye have an evenly round shape. This helps focus light rays sharply onto the retina so you can see clearly. With astigmatism, light rays do not refract (or bend) properly as they enter the front of the eye. Vision is blurry near and far because light rays either fall short of the retina or behind it.”

Astigmatism Symptoms

Here are some of the most common symptoms that people experience when they have astigmatism in one or both eyes:

  • Eye strain
  • Needing to squint to see clearly
  • Blurry or distorted vision
  • Headaches
  • Discomfort in the eye(s)

Of course, many of these symptoms could indicate a different eye problem or condition, so it’s important to get it checked out by a doctor.

Treating Astigmatism

If you do end up having this focusing problem, it can be corrected in a variety of ways. For example, eyeglasses or contacts can help most cases. But refractive surgery, like LASIK laser eye surgery, can also be a wonderful way to reshape the cornea and fix the issue.

Ready to schedule an eye exam or LASIK consultation? Book it online today!