Much like nearsightedness or farsightedness, astigmatism is a common eye condition that happens due to the curvature of your cornea. At Orange Coast Eye Center, we can easily diagnose astigmatism and of course, treat it when needed. Corrective lenses are the simple and effective solution for astigmatism. Our ophthalmologist in Fountain Valley will prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses for severe astigmatism, which is anytime it is affecting your ability to see clearly. In addition, for a longer lasting solution, you may want to consider LASIK, which can also make significant improvements in your vision if you have astigmatism.
Under normal circumstances, light enters your eye and passes through the cornea evenly, allowing you to focus clearly and sharply. However, if your cornea’s shape is curved to the point of looking life a football, this leads to a situation in which the light is refracted more in one direction than the other. As a result, only a portion of what you are focusing on can be seen at once and this causes things to appear blurred or wavy. It can occur either up close, intermediate, or at a distance unlike nearsightedness in which you only have difficulties focusing on things further away or farsightedness, where the problems are with objects up close. Astigmatism can develop either due to heredity- sometimes even occurring at birth, or due to pressure on the eyelids or cornea, improper posture, or looking at things up close too often. If you notice any of the following symptoms, you should call us to schedule an exam with our ophthalmologist in Fountain Valley. Signs that may indicate the presence of astigmatism include headaches, fatigue, eyestrain, and blurred vision at all distances. These symptoms might mean astigmatism or they could exist for some other reason but they should be checked out, particularly when you have more than one.
A simple eye exam will not only let our ophthalmologist in Fountain Valley determine if you have astigmatism or other vision concerns, but also screen you for common eye diseases, many of which show no symptoms early on and can be caught and treated early with an eye exam. Whether you choose eyeglasses, contact lenses, or you opt for LASIK, there is no need to have less than optimal vision when your astigmatism can be addressed easily.