Astigmatism is a very common condition, in fact, most people have it to some degree. Although some people see just fine with a slight amount of astigmatism, if it is more significant, you will experience blurry or distorted vision at a variety of distances. Many people are surprised to learn that LASIK is an excellent option for astigmatism correction. At our Indianapolis center, we see women and men from all over the area and the country for refractive procedures such as LASIK.
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Astigmatism is a refractive error, like nearsightedness and farsightedness, meaning that the eye doesn’t focus light the way it should for clear vision. Light enters the eye through the clear window at the front, called the cornea. In cases of clear vision, the cornea and the lens bend (refract) the light to focus it on a single point on the retina at the back of the eyeball. In cases of astigmatism, the light does not focus onto a single point, causing images to appear blurred or stretched. Astigmatism commonly occurs with nearsightedness or farsightedness.
Astigmatism is caused by an irregularly curved cornea, which is usually present from birth, and may improve or worsen with age. In a normal eye, the curvature of the cornea is even, like a sphere. In people with astigmatism, the cornea is curved more like a football, with areas that are steeper and others that are more rounded.
You may have mild astigmatism and be unaware of it. This is especially true in children, who may not be aware that their vision is distorted. Symptoms of astigmatism may include:
• Eye strain
• Distorted or blurred vision at different distances
Some people with astigmatism may find that glasses or contact lenses provide the vision correction they need. Others may undergo reshaping of the cornea through the use of specially designed rigid contact lenses. Many people, however, have found a permanent solution to astigmatism in LASIK surgery, which permanently reshapes the cornea for long-term vision correction.
LASIK, PRK, and other refractive surgeries often produce results that are better than 20/20, and liberate patients from the discomfort, expense, and hassle of corrective lenses.
At Price Vision Group, we feature 2 internationally renowned corneal specialists, who are also authorities in the field of LASIK and other ophthalmic surgeries. Our surgeons travel the world to teach their techniques to their peers, and our reputation draws patients from across the country.
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