Understanding Astigmatism

Understanding Astigmatism

Understanding Astigmatism

What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a refractive error that occurs when the cornea or lens of the eye has an irregular shape. In a normal eye, these structures are smooth and evenly curved, similar to a basketball. However, in eyes with astigmatism, the cornea or lens has a more football-like shape, causing light to focus unevenly on the retina.

Common Misconceptions


There are a few common misconceptions when it comes to astigmatism, including:

●      Astigmatism is a Rare Condition: Contrary to this belief, astigmatism is incredibly common. In fact, most people have some degree of astigmatism, and it can occur alongside nearsightedness or farsightedness.

●      Astigmatism Only Affects Vision at a Distance: Astigmatism can impact both near and far vision. Individuals with astigmatism may experience blurred or distorted vision regardless of the distance.

●      Astigmatism Can't Be Treated: Fortunately, astigmatism is easily corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. In some cases, refractive surgery, such as LASIK, may also be an option.

●      Astigmatism Only Develops in Childhood: While astigmatism often develops in childhood, it can also manifest or change during adulthood. Regular eye exams are crucial for detecting and addressing astigmatism at any age.

What Are the Symptoms of Astigmatism?

Symptoms to look out for include:

●      Blurred or distorted vision at any distance

●      Eye strain or discomfort

●      Headaches

●      Squinting to see clearly


Diagnosing and Treating Astigmatism

If you're experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, it's essential to schedule a comprehensive eye exam. Our experienced optometrists will measure the degree and axis of your astigmatism to prescribe the most accurate corrective lenses.

●      Eyeglasses: A common and effective solution, especially for individuals with moderate to high astigmatism.

●      Contact Lenses: Toric lenses are designed specifically for astigmatism and are available in both soft and rigid gas-permeable options.

●      Refractive Surgery: LASIK and other refractive surgeries reshape the cornea to correct astigmatism, providing a more permanent solution for eligible candidates.

Understanding astigmatism is the first step toward maintaining clear and comfortable vision. If you suspect you may have astigmatism or are due for an eye exam you can schedule your eye examination with the caring doctors at Kopolow & Girisgen, Doctors of Optometry. Schedule An Appointment online or simply text GLASSES to 21000, and a member of our friendly team will be in touch!

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