Astigmatism: it is a term thrown around all the time in eyeglasses and contact lens commercials. But how many of you really know what astigmatism is? Aside from the fact that it is a common eye condition, how many of you know how astigmatism affects the eye? Well, let’s find out…
What is Astigmatism?
This common refractive error occurs when an eye is not completely round. This causes light entering the eye to refract more in one direction than the other, allowing only part of an object to be in focus at one time. Under normal conditions, when light enters the eye, it refracts (bends) evenly, creating a clear view of the object you are looking at.
Symptoms of Astigmatism
- Blurred Vision
- Eye Strain
If you have any two of the above symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your eye doctor – optometrist or ophthalmologist – at your earliest convenience. While these symptoms may not necessarily be the result of astigmatism, it is best to consult with your eye doctor. He/she can easily diagnose astigmatism with a comprehensive eye exam with refraction testing.
If you are diagnosed with astigmatism, don’t worry. Astigmatism occurs in nearly everybody to some degree. Plus, the eye condition is easily corrected using eyeglasses or contact lenses. Surgery is another treatment option. Surgical options include, LASIK, Astigmatic Keratotomy (AK), or a toric intraocular lens, which is often successfully combined with cataract surgery.
To determine which course of treatment is best for you, discuss your unique situation with your eye doctor. He/she will be able to guide you in the right direction.
If you have any questions about Astigmatism or wish to schedule an appointment with the Anne Arundel Eye Center, please contact board certified ophthalmologist Dr. Samuel Boles, consultative optometrists Dr. Nathan Frank and Dr. Corinne Casey, and the eye care specialists here at AAEC by calling 410-224-2010 or visiting AnneArundelEyeCenter.com today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube as well!
For more eye care advice and information, please take a look at our previous blog posts.