Astigmatism is a defect in the eye or in a lens caused by a deviation from spherical curvature, which results in distorted images, as light rays are prevented from meeting at a common focus. Simply meaning your eye’s cornea or lens has an imperfection in its shape and the light coming in is not bent or refracted correctly. The cornea fails to focus the light equally on the retina leading to blurred or distorted vision.
Astigmatism is not an eye disease or an overall health problem, but it can cause blurred vision, eyestrain and possibly headaches. In school-age children it is a distraction that deters from school work making it difficult for them to concentrate on lessons. However does not cause a person to go blind.
Eye doctors can diagnose refractive errors as a part of a comprehensive eye exam. Corrective lenses such as glasses or contacts are the usual approach to treating astigmatism. Depending on the patient it can also be corrected with laser surgery. If you suspect you may have an astigmatism schedule an appointment today it can be corrected.