Astigmatism

If your vision seems blurred and distorted at both near and far distances, you may have a common eye disorder called astigmatism.

People with astigmatism often have so much trouble focusing on objects that their eyes become strained, leading to symptoms like:

  • Headaches
  • Frequent squinting
  • Eye fatigue

What Causes Astigmatism?

Astigmatism occurs when your cornea is abnormally shaped, which prevents light from focusing properly on your retina. Light needs to come to a single point in order for objects to be clear. In the eyes of a person with astigmatism, light instead focuses at multiple points.

Astigmatism commonly occurs alongside other eye disorders, such as nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia). Because of this, astigmatism often requires more complex three-part prescriptions for eyewear.

Treating Astigmatism

Although glasses and contact lenses can effectively treat astigmatism, they can also limit your active lifestyle. Thankfully, there is another solution for permanent treatment: laser vision correction through LASIK eye surgery. LASIK treats the source of your astigmatism by altering the shape of your cornea with targeted laser energy, allowing light to focus correctly for the first time.

Many of our astigmatism patients never experienced clear vision before getting LASIK. It was a life-changing procedure for them, and it can be for you, too.

Most people with astigmatism – even some severe cases – are great candidates for LASIK. However, if your eyes have certain characteristics that would prevent you from being a good LASIK candidate, Dr. Khemsara may recommend an alternative laser vision correction procedure called PRK.

We offer free LASIK screenings. To find out if you are a candidate for LASIK or PRK, please contact Summit Eye Center today or call (336) 765-0960 to schedule your screening. We serve patients in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Kernersville, North Carolina.