Astigmatism

Eye Care Unlimited

Optometrists located in Bronx, NY

If you sometimes feel as though your vision is distorted, distended, or blurry, you could have a very prevalent eye condition called astigmatism. Astigmatism is often easily corrected using specialized, corrective eyewear, meaning there’s no reason to live with distorted vision. Call the optometry experts at Eye Care Unlimited in the Bronx, New York, today.

Astigmatism Q & A

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a condition in which either your eye's cornea or lens is curved, rather than smooth and round.

This curvature causes light to be improperly focused — often unevenly — on the retina, causing objects to appear distended or blurry. Some people with astigmatism say it is similar to looking through a stretched window or a funhouse mirror.

What causes astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a prevalent, often hereditary condition, meaning that many people are typically genetically predisposed to the condition. In some cases; however, astigmatism can occur after an eye injury, eye disease, or eye surgery.

Since children are often born with the condition, regularly testing for astigmatism is an essential part of maintaining optimal eye health.

What test is done to evaluate whether or not I have astigmatism?

During an eye exam, the optometrists at Eye Care Unlimited check for astigmatism by measuring the shape of your cornea using the Oculus keratography. This instrument maps the corneal topography, or the surface curvature, to provide us with a detailed description of various curvature and shape characteristics of the cornea.

How is astigmatism treated?

Correcting astigmatism can be done with eyeglasses or contact lenses, which correct astigmatism by focusing light on the retina evenly.

Lasik surgery can also correct astigmatism. Lasik works by reshaping your cornea so that light is focused onto the retina in a more even, accurate way.

After Lasik, your eyes should feel normal the day after the procedure, and you will notice some vision improvement right away. The doctors at Eye Care Unlimited are happy to discuss if you are a good candidate for Lasik Surgery.

To learn if you have astigmatism, schedule an appointment with the eye care experts at Eye Care Unlimited. Call the Bronx, New York offices today.