Your eyeballs are perfectly rounded to ensure even light distribution, which is necessary for clear, sharp vision. Irregularities in the shape of your eyes can result in refractive errors, such as astigmatism. Here, your trusted eye doctor from Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care explains this condition in detail.
Risk Factors, Causes, and Types
Although there is no single cause for astigmatism, heredity and inborn eye structural problems are contributing factors. There are two types of astigmatism: corneal, which occurs when the transparent, dome-shaped covering of your eye takes an unusual form, and lenticular, which arises from uneven surfaces on your lenses that cause light to scatter instead of being focused directly on the retina.
Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Risk Factors
The primary symptom of astigmatism is blurred near- and far-range vision. You may also experience frequent headaches and eye strain. If you notice any of these signs, visit our eye specialist as soon as possible. We can perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine whether you have astigmatism.
Our Suggested Remedies
Upon confirming astigmatism, we may prescribe wearing corrective toric lenses as part of your initial treatment. These lenses are shaped like a sliced donut to compensate for your eyes’ irregular curvature.
We may also have you undergo refraction and retinoscopy tests to determine the proper lens power. Rest assured that we will help you find eyeglasses or contact lenses that best suit your needs and preferences. We may also offer laser eye surgery as a speedy and lasting solution.
If you have any further questions about astigmatism, call us today at (301) 859-4060 or fill out our form. We offer our premier eye care services to families in Washington, DC, as well as areas near Rockville, MD and Alexandria, VA.