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What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism occurs when the cornea is irregularly shaped. A perfectly shaped cornea (which is the surface of your eye) is spherical allowing all light rays to enter your eye to focus on the retina. This allows you to see images sharply and crisply. With astigmatism, the shape of the cornea is irregular causing the light rays to focus on two points rather than one. The result is blurred or distorted vision.

Signs and Symptoms

Most patients who have mild astigmatism do not recognize it. In some individuals, often the symptom is only slight blurry vision. Individuals with more moderate astigmatism may notice some distortion or blurring of their vision at near and far distances. Additional accompanying symptoms can include eyestrain and headaches.

Children can develop astigmatism just as adults do, however, the condition is more commonly diagnosed in adults as children are be can unaware they have a problem with their eyesight.

Diagnosing Astigmatism

Astigmatism is typically diagnosed in the course of an ordinary eye exam. If you are having problems however with your vision, experiencing frequent headaches, having trouble focusing or see blurry spots in your vision, Eye Associates can perform a complete evaluation and recommend the most appropriate form of treatment based on the severity of your condition and medical history.

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