What is an Astigmatism?

Astigmatisms are caused by irregular curvatures that can occur in the clear cover over the eye (cornea) or the lens found inside the eye. The condition leads to an asymmetrical shape that prevents light coming into the eye from focusing the way it should on the retina.

Injury, disease, or complications from other surgery can lead to astigmatism, but astigmatisms can also be hereditary. Many people with astigmatism also experience nearsightedness (problems seeing objects far away) or farsightedness (problems seeing objects up close).

The shape of an eye with astigmatism often resembles that of an egg. Since light rays don’t bend the same way in the lens or cornea, two different images form that overlap and lead to blurry vision. Astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness are all considered as refractive errors.

Astigmatism Test

You would need to visit an eye care specialist for a complete eye exam to check for astigmatism. They typically perform a refraction, which shows the physician how light bends inside your eye. A doctor may also use other instruments and light checks to determine if further corrective measures are needed.

A doctor may recommend you wear corrective lenses to balance out the irregular curves of your lens and cornea. Both eyeglasses and contact lenses help alleviate blurred vision so you can perform routine tasks. You should consult with your eye care specialist to decide on the best option?

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LASIK for Astigmatism

LASIK surgery helps repair refractive errors in the eye with a laser beam. It’s used to reshape the irregular curves of the cornea. LASIK surgery may remove the need to wear any kind of corrective lenses for blurred vision.

There are various forms of LASIK surgery used to correct astigmatism and other refractive errors. You can go over the options available during a consultation with your eye care specialist.

Get Astigmatism Treatment Today

Kleiman and Evangelista Eye Centers of Texas help patients correct issues related to astigmatism. Learn more about our eye care services, including treatment with LASIK, by calling (800) 714-2020. You can also use our online form to schedule an appointment.