Astigmatism is a very common eye condition that's easily corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses and on some occasions, surgery.
Diagnosis & Treatment by Your Eye Doctor in Gonzales
If you experience problems with your eyesight, we invite you to book an eye exam in our Gonzales office. Our optometrist will inspect your vision and eyes to make a precise diagnosis and determine the most effective treatment. At , our Gonzales eye doctor is skilled and experienced in diagnosing and treating astigmatism - so you see crisp and clear.
What is astigmatism?
Astigmatism occurs when your eye is not entirely round. In truth, astigmatism is present in almost everyone – but it only leads to blurry vision at a certain degree.
Think of your eye as a spherical ball. Usually, when light enters your eye it bends evenly. This creates a sharp image of what you see on the tissues at the back of your inner eye. However, if you have astigmatism your eye is shaped more like an elliptical football. As a result, the light is not bent evenly and only one part of the picture is transmitted clearly and in focus at one time.
What are the symptoms of astigmatism?
When this vision condition is not diagnosed or it is left untreated, the symptoms are wavy or blurred vision. Objects viewed at any distance will appear distorted and you will not be able to bring them into focus.
Sometimes, this symptom is blamed mistakenly on eye fatigue or strain. But only a complete eye exam in Gonzales can determine the problem; contact our eye doctor to book an appointment.
What is the treatment for astigmatism?
Eyeglasses or contact lenses can generally resolve astigmatism with success. If these forms of vision correction are not effective, surgery is sometimes necessary.
Also, astigmatism often occurs along with other vision conditions, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. Our eye doctor in Gonzales will make sure that your vision prescription corrects all refractive error accurately, along with astigmatism. Be aware that with time, astigmatism may worsen – so watch out for any changes. If you notice that your eyesight becomes blurry again, it’s time to book an eye exam in our Gonzales office. We will conduct vision testing and a detailed examination to prescribe the updated vision correction that you need.
Frequently Asked Questions On Astigmatism
Q: What exactly is astigmatism?
A: Astigmatism is usually caused by an irregularly shaped cornea, the front surface of the eye. Instead of being a perfect sphere, like a ball bearing or a marble, it can become a little more like a football, being more curved in one direction than the other. This brings light into focus at more than one point on the retina at the back of the eye, resulting in blurry or distorted vision.
Q: My previous eye doctor told me I have “stigma!” Am I going to go blind?
A: Stigma is actually referring to a type of refractive error known properly as astigmatism, and no, you will not go blind from having astigmatism; it is not a disease. In fact, this condition is relatively common. There are three types of refractive errors: myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. The former two are also known to as nearsighted (cannot see far away) and farsighted (cannot see up close). Astigmatism is simply the third category; it can affect both the near and far vision. Much like nearsightedness or farsightedness, astigmatism is corrected using glasses or contacts. Technically speaking an eye with astigmatism requires two different prescriptions to correct vision in one eye, due to the more oval shape of the cornea. For contact lens wearers, this will require a more specialized contact lens and a more in-depth fitting procedure.