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Astigmatism is a defect in the curvature of the cornea (or lens) of the eye, called a refractive error. For sharp vision, these two eye structures must be curved equally in all directions so that the light focuses correctly on the retina.

What are the symptoms of astigmatism?

About one out of every three Americans has astigmatism. Astigmatism is often an inherited condition or may develop after an eye disease, injury, or eye surgery.  The symptoms include:

  • Blurry vision 
  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Squinting
  • Eye pain or discomfort

Astigmatism does not disappear on its own. Most people with astigmatism wear glasses or “toric” contact lenses that refocus the light, so it lands on the retina properly. Refractive surgery can correct astigmatism.

Why choose Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology?

When undergoing an eye treatment for astigmatism, you want to be under the care of a board-certified ophthalmologist who is at the forefront in the latest surgical techniques and uses the most advanced technology. At Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology, our team of eye surgeons is among the most accomplished in the nation. Our clinic is the longest-established vision correction practice in the region and has garnered an impeccable reputation for results. We focus on exceptional, concierge-style patient care and service to make your journey to correcting astigmatism comfortable and pleasant.

FAQ

What causes astigmatism?

Irregular cornea shape is the root cause of astigmatism. If you have astigmatism, your corneas are more oval than round. Healthy corneas are basketball-shaped, while astigmatic corneas are football-shaped.

The reason you have irregular corneas could be genetic, or it could be connected to eye trauma, keratoconus, or eye diseases affecting the cornea. The shape and size of your eyelids could also alter the shape of the cornea, potentially leading to astigmatism.

What are the signs of astigmatism?

The most apparent sign of astigmatism is blurry vision, which typically happens at all distances. You may also have symptoms that include headaches and eye strain. If you have astigmatism, you might notice that your eyes tire easily after reading or looking at a computer screen for long periods.

What is the treatment for astigmatism?

Sometimes, astigmatism treatment is as simple as vision correction with either eyeglasses or specialized contact lenses. However, while vision correction may work reasonably well for astigmatism, it does not correct the problem causing astigmatism.

Orthokeratology is another option for astigmatism treatment. With this type of surgery, you wear rigid contact lenses overnight to reshape your cornea. But orthokeratology is not a permanent solution. Eventually, your corneas return to their previous shape, and your astigmatism returns.

Refractive surgery

Refractive surgery, such as LASIK, is an excellent option for many people living with astigmatism because it offers the long-term results you want. If you have LASIK or another refractive surgery to correct astigmatism, your Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology surgeon can also correct myopia or hyperopia at the same time.

If you have cataracts along with astigmatism, your Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology surgeon can remove your cataracts, and then correct your astigmatism, with a specialized intraocular lens.

To get optimal astigmatism correction from the best concierge ophthalmology team, call Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology or use our online appointment scheduler.

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