October 28, 2015
So let’s clear the air here: the term “astigmatism” comes from the Greek “a” (without) and “stigma” (point or mark). Astigmatism is caused when the lens, cornea, or both are not completely smooth, and therefore do not perfectly focus light as it enters your eye, leaving you with blurry vision.
Astigmatism and other refractive errors, like myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness), are usually genetic and develop naturally, often from birth or during childhood. The specific cause for astigmatism is unknown, so there’s no clear way to prevent it from developing, but there are many options for correcting it.
Different People Experience Different Levels Of Astigmatism
Astigmatism is actually very common. Many of us have some level of astigmatism, but it’s not enough to warrant corrective treatment. Other patients with severe astigmatism may experience…
There can be many variables involved in astigmatism: the shape and focus of the eye, differences between the two eyes, and, often, additional complications of nearsightedness or farsightedness. Astigmatism can range in severity, and call for different treatments in different patients, whether that means eyeglasses, contact lenses, or corrective surgery.
With a comprehensive eye exam, we can check your visual acuity and focus. We can survey the curvature of your cornea and determine the very best treatment option for your eyes, and your lifestyle.
Talk to us about your vision! We’ll keep you seeing your best. Thanks for being a valued part of our practice.
Lisa Gupton brought her family into Precision Eye Group so that she, her husband, and their three kids could all get their eyes checked. Little did they know that at the end of the appointment, all five of them would be leaving with glasses!
The eyes play an important role in child development, which is why it’s critical to understand the need for comprehensive eye examinations for children—starting as young as 6-12 months old. Over time, a child’s eyes change in different ways. And when you consider that nearly 80% of learning occurs visually, it’s easy to see why vision health is so important to young, developing brains.
Spring brings a lot of things to mind: Flowers, sunshine, outdoor sports, cookouts, warm weather, and, unfortunately, allergy season. As everyone moves outside with all these wonderful things the warm weather brings, the unlucky majority has to determine how we are going to cope with the itching, sneezing season.