Astigmatism 2017-09-27T15:45:24+00:00

ASTIGMATISM
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ASTIGMATISM

WE CAN FIX ASTIGMATISM WITH LASER EYE SURGERY

Blurry and distorted vision can be annoying when slight and debilitating when severe. We can mask astigmatism with glasses and contact lenses; and, we can permanently treat it with laser eye surgery.

Astigmatism is a condition that results in blurry or distorted vision. It mainly occurs because of the cornea, which is the clear window at the front of the eye, is more curved in one direction as compared to the other. So in a way, it is more like a rugby ball than a football, i.e., it is less spherical. There are many reasons why this can happen.

This results in the light not being focused correctly and the image appears blurred.

ASTIGMATISM SYMPTOMS

Patients with astigmatism can experience blurry vision, glare, a feeling of tiredness around the eye, fatigue and in some cases headaches.

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ASTIGMATISM CAUSES

Astigmatism results when the cornea or lens are not perfectly spherical. Common causes include:

  • Present from birth
  • Injuries to the cornea such as infection or trauma
  • Diseases of the cornea such as Keratoconus, this causes the cornea to become thinner and change shape.
  • Lesions growing on the cornea such as pterygium
  • Diseases of the eyelid, i.e., cysts can also sometimes affect the cornea.

ASTIGMATISM DIAGNOSIS & EXAMINATION PROCEDURE

A comprehensive test by an eye specialist can diagnose astigmatism. This involves checking the vision and refraction of the eyes. In addition, a careful clinical examination can be performed to look for any underlying causes as well as specialist scans of the eye.

ASTIGMATISM TREATMENT

Astigmatism is mild in most cases and can be treated with glasses and contact lenses. If there is any underlying disease causing astigmatism, then this can also be addressed. Laser eye surgery can be used to treat astigmatism permanently removing the need for glasses.

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