Causes of Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a common eye condition caused by a cornea that is not entirely round. Under normal circumstances, the spherical shape of your eye evenly directs light onto your retina for clear vision. If you have astigmatism, differences in steepening refract light more in one direction which can make objects appear blurry or wavy.

Astigmatism affects nearly everyone to some degree, though the exact cause of this disorder is not known. For people with more pronounced astigmatism, the cornea will be shaped like a football or a spoon and some form of vision correction will be required.

Treating Astigmatism

Nearly every form of astigmatism can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Prescription eyewear will be done with toric lenses, which have greater bending power on one side to compensate for the irregular shape of the cornea.

If eyewear is not for you, Greensboro ophthalmologist Dr. Khemsara can discuss your options for laser vision correction. With laser vision correction, Dr. Khemsara can reshape your cornea, allowing it to bend light equally on all sides, and improve your vision without the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.

If you live in or around Winston-Salem, Greensboro, or Kernersville, North Carolina and would like to learn more about treating astigmatism, please contact Summit Eye Care to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Khemsara today.

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