Astigmatism

Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology located in Beverly Hills, CA & Torrance, CA

About one out of every three Americans suffers from astigmatism, a refractive error in which light doesn’t focus properly on your retina. If you have astigmatism, you may have problems like blurry vision, headaches, and eye strain. Reach out to the skilled ophthalmologists at Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology in Beverly Hills and Torrance, California, for astigmatism help by phone or through the online scheduler.

Astigmatism Q & A

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a refractive error that occurs when you can't focus light adequately. If astigmatism is untreated, you can experience blurry vision and other connected symptoms. In most cases, astigmatism sufferers have myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or both.

What causes astigmatism?

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

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

What are the signs of astigmatism?

The most obvious sign of astigmatism is blurry vision, which typically happens at all distances. You may also have symptoms including 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 of time.

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 fairly well for astigmatism, it doesn't actually correct the problem causing astigmatism.

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

Refractive surgery like LASIK is a great option for many astigmatism sufferers 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 for astigmatism like AcrySof® IQ Toric lenses.

To get optimal astigmatism correction from the best concierge ophthalmology team, call Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology or click the online scheduler to book now.