Astigmatism is one of the most common vision problems, but many people don’t know that much about it. In today’s post, our eye care specialists answer FAQs about the condition.
What Is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is an eye condition characterized by one eye not being able to focus as well as the other. This causes vision problems including blurriness or distorted vision. Astigmatism often occurs along with other common conditions such as nearsightedness.
What Causes Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is caused by an irregularity in the shape of the cornea. In patients with astigmatism, the curvature from top to bottom of the cornea is different from side to side, which means the cornea is shaped more like an elliptical than a sphere. This irregularity can be caused by a wide variety of factors, including genetics, excessive pressure on the eyes or even scarring caused by a previous eye injury. An eye doctor may find irregularities in one or both eyes.
Do You Have Astigmatism?
Chances are, yes. Most people suffer from some degree of astigmatism. However, only severe cases of astigmatism will cause noticeable problems, so most minor cases go undetected.
Can Astigmatism Be Corrected?
Fortunately, astigmatism can be corrected via prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. LASIK surgery is another option.
Keep your astigmatism in check with help from our team. Spectrum Eye Care a trusted eye care company in the area. You can call us at (704) 543-9000 or fill out this contact form to request an appointment.