What is Astigmatism?

You’ve probably heard someone say at one time or another, “I have astigmatism.” You might have even, mistakenly, thought they were saying, “I have a stigmatism.” There’s no shame associated with your friend (that we know of at least), but if he hasn’t gotten eye care from an optometrist, he does likely have blurry vision.

Astigmatism is a condition that is caused when the cornea in the eye is an irregular shape. That shape often means less light reaches the retina, which makes focusing harder and results in the individual’s vision being blurred. Astigmatism is fairly common and many people may have mild cases and not even know it because their vision isn’t impaired.

Still others, often those with additional vision concerns, such as nearsightedness and farsightedness, may experience symptoms such as blurry vision, headaches and eyestrain.

When you visit your optometrist for your next eye exam, she will do a comprehensive test, which will include a test for astigmatism. There are a number of affordable and effective options for those who are found to have astigmatism.

The easiest and least invasive way to correct the problem is to wear prescription glasses or contact lenses. These options can help change the way light enters your eye correcting any blurriness.

Other options hybrid contact lenses, scleral lenses or orthokeratology. This involves wearing specially designed contact lenses that actually work to correct the curvature of your cornea. Astigmatism can also be corrected, in some cases, through LASIK surgery treatment. During the procedure, the eye doctor uses a laser to remove minor amounts of eye tissue, reshaping the cornea.

Do you think you have astigmatism? Come see us at Planet Vision and let us help you find out.

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