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Astigmatism

Astigmatism is one of the most common vision problems. Many people are relieved to learn that astigmatism is not an eye disease. Like nearsightedness and farsightedness, astigmatism is a type of refractive error – a condition related to the shape and size of the eye that causes blurred vision.

In addition to blurred vision, uncorrected astigmatism can cause headaches, eyestrain and make objects at all distances appear distorted.

Q: Astigmatism signs and symptoms?
A: If you have only a small amount of astigmatism, you may not notice it at all, or you may have only mildly blurred or distorted vision. But even small amounts of uncorrected astigmatism can cause headaches, fatigue and eyestrain over time. Astigmatism usually develops in childhood. Children may be even more unaware of the condition than adults, and they may also be less likely to complain of blurred or distorted vision. Astigmatism can cause problems that interfere with learning, so it’s important to have your child’s eyes examined each year.

Q: What causes astigmatism?
A: Usually, astigmatism is caused by an irregular-shaped cornea, the clear front surface of the eye. In astigmatism, the cornea isn’t perfectly round, but instead is more football- or egg-shaped an astigmatic eye has a steeper and flatter one curve. In some cases, astigmatism may be caused by an irregular-shaped lens inside the eye.

Q: How is astigmatism treated?
A: In most cases, astigmatism can be fully corrected with LASIK, eyeglasses or contact lenses. If you have Astigmatism you may be a candidate for LASIK, call Brian M. Brown, M.D., at 562-904-1989 to schedule your complimentary LASIK evaluation today.

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