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Astigmatism

astigmatismAstigmatism is a vision condition that causes blurred vision due either to the irregular shape of the cornea, the clear front cover of the eye, or the curvature of the lens inside the eye. an irregular shaped cornea or lens prevents light from focusing properly on the retina, the light-sensitive surface at the back of the eye. As a result, vision becomes blurred at any distance.

Astigmatism frequently occurs with other vision conditions such as nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia). Together these vision conditions are referred to as refractive errors because they affect how the eye bends or “refracts” light.

Symptoms
Difficulty in seeing fine detail at both distance and near.

Treatment
Those with Astigmatism have several different treatment options including:

  1. Eyeglasses
  2. Contact Lenses
  3. Refractive Surgery

It is important to speak with your eye care professional to determine which option is best for you.