“Your eyes help you see clearly by focusing on the world around you. In a normal eye light is focused mainly by your cornea and lens onto the retina. The retina which is the light-sensitive part of your eye captures the images and sends them to your brain for you to see.
Astigmatism occurs when the cornea or the lens have slightly different surface curvatures in one direction from the other. This causes the light rays that enter the eye not to focus on a single point but on tow different points resulting in blurred vision for distance and bear.
A normal cornea is shaped like a sphere and has uniform curvature on its surface. In corneal astigmatism the curvature of the cornea may be different in one plain causing the front surface of the cornea to look like an American football. This will result in blurred vision for distance and near.
Most individuals have a small amount of astigmatism that results in no symptoms. However larger amounts of uncorrected astigmatism may result in blurred vision of all distances, headaches, eye fatigue, eye strain.
Astigmatism may be hereditary. Astigmatism is usually accompanied by myopia or hyperopia. It is often present from birth.
Although the exact cause of astigmatism is not know it is thought to occur due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
During your comprehensive eye exam your eye care provider will test your vision and may use several different types of instruments to objectively measured and subjectively test your need for correction.
Patients with low amounts of astigmatism will not require treatment. Eyeglasses and contact lenses are the most common methods of correcting astigmatism for individuals needing correction.
All treatments for astigmatism work by refocusing the light on the retina, compensating for the shape of your eye. Depending on your age, lifestyle needs, and your preferences, there are several ways to correct your vision. Ask your eye care provider to help you choose your best option.”
To schedule an appointment to discuss your astigmatism treatment options, please contact Westchester Eye Surgeons today.
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Westchester Eye & Laser Center
10439 Cermak Road
Westchester, Illinois 60154-5237