Astigmatism can significantly affect how you perceive the world.
Symptoms of astigmatism include:
These astigmatism symptoms can have profound negative effects on your lifestyle, depending on how you use your eyes. Fortunately, you can correct the effects of astigmatism with corrective lenses or permanently correct astigmatism with laser vision correction.
Instead, think of astigmatism as just one of the many beautiful and infinite differences we see in all of us. Some of us have longer than average arms and legs, some of us have shorter than average arms and legs. This variety in nature includes the shape and size of our eyes.
You’re more at risk for astigmatism if you have:
There is no way you can prevent astigmatism from developing.
Like a basketball a healthy and normal eye is spherical. When your eye is more oval shaped (like a football) – you’ve got astigmatism. That means that the curvature of the cornea (the transparent covering at the front of the eye) is not the same vertically as it is horizontally.
When light enters the eye, the eye focuses light on two different planes rather than at a single point. Images appear blurred or distorted, and you may experience ‘ghosting’ or ‘double-vision’. The picture below illustrates how light focuses on the retina of a healthy eye versus an eye with astigmatism.
Keratoconus is a severe and progressive condition, so if you find your astigmatism worsening, it’s imperative that you get an eye exam at your earliest opportunity. If you think you have astigmatism and wish to discuss surgical treatment, contact us.
Glasses and toric contact lenses are temporary solutions to correct astigmatism. People have a common misconception that laser eye surgery cannot correct astigmatism. This is wrong. Laser eye surgeons can use any of the following procedures to permanently cure astigmatism.
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