Astigmatism causes blurry vision, and it often coexists with near- or farsightedness. Fortunately, Terrence Roberts, OD, the skilled optometrist and owner at EVERY EYE Care in Fayetteville, Georgia, has effective answers. A custom eyeglass or contact lens prescription is often enough to resolve your astigmatism issues quite effectively, so don’t delay care any longer. Book your appointment at EVERY EYE Care by phone or through the online appointment tool now.
Astigmatism is a refractive error that interferes with proper light focus. It causes blurry vision and other symptoms that interfere with good vision. Astigmatism is quite common, and it's often not severe enough to cause major symptoms. If you're near- or farsighted, you're more likely to also have astigmatism.
Irregular cornea shape is the main cause of astigmatism. Usually, astigmatism sufferers have corneas that look more like a football than a basketball (the normal round shape). When your cornea is oval, your light focus, and thus your vision, are negatively affected.
Your cornea may have always been oval due to genetics, or it may have grown that way because of corneal scars or keratoconus. In keratoconus, your cornea bulges outward in a cone shape, and astigmatism is often a side effect.
Blurry vision is usually the biggest telltale sign of astigmatism. In milder astigmatism, you'll likely have blurry vision either close-up or at a distance. If you have more severe astigmatism, you’ll usually have blurry vision at all distances. Other possible signs of astigmatism can include headaches and eye strain.
No, astigmatism doesn’t get better without treatment. It actually tends to gradually worsen with age, so right now is the best time to reach out for help if you’re noticing any of the signs of astigmatism.
Dr. Roberts treats your astigmatism according to your specific symptoms and needs. In most cases, eyeglasses or contact lenses made especially for astigmatism can alleviate your symptoms.
If you're still suffering from serious astigmatism symptoms after optimal vision correction, Dr. Roberts may recommend that you consider LASIK® surgery.
If you need LASIK surgery to correct your astigmatism, Dr. Roberts will work hand-in-hand with your LASIK surgeon to co-manage your care throughout the process. During LASIK surgery, your surgeon remolds your cornea into a rounder shape, alleviating astigmatism.
If astigmatism is keeping you from enjoying sharp and clear vision, don’t live with it any longer. Book your appointment at EVERY EYE Care using the online tool or by calling the office today.