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.
Astigmatism describes the way light focuses in our eye and it causes a ray of light to split focus. Most people have astigmatism, though the amount of astigmatism can range. Sometimes astigmatism can cause vision to be blurry or print to look like their is an overlapping shadow image. Others may find astigmatism does not cause visual symptoms
Most people with astigmatism can correct their vision through glasses, contact lenses, or laser vision correction. If your astigmatism is getting worse at a fast rate, it is best to consult your eyecare professional to rule out other conditions
How we focus can depend on the combination of how the natural lens inside of our eye and the cornea, the front part of our eye, work together. Astigmatism can be caused by the shape of the cornea or lens not being perfectly spherical. This causes light entering our eye to split focus and may be viewed as a blurry or shadowy image. Most people have some astigmatism. Not all astigmatism is symptomatic
Based on evidence based medicine, and in our opinion, the answer is NO. The best options remain glasses, contacts and surgical interventions such as Laser Vision Correction.
It depends. Some people have a minor amount of astigmatism and they feel as though their vision is still clear. Others have astigmatism that is symptomatic and may benefit from corrective lenses. It is best to consult your eyecare professional every 1-2 years for professional advice
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