Astigmatism Specialist

Ironwood Eye Care

Optometry located in Scottsdale, AZ

If you suffer from astigmatism, your eye doesn’t focus light on your retina properly. Astigmatism can cause blurry vision, eyestrain, headaches, and other frustrating problems. Fortunately, at Ironwood Eye Care in Scottsdale, Arizona, you can restore your vision through special glasses or contacts. Call or use the online tool to book your appointment today.

Astigmatism Q & A

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism occurs when your eye doesn't focus light correctly. It causes blurry vision both close up and at a distance. If you have astigmatism, you're not alone: Nearly everyone has at least slight astigmatism. Often, men and women who are nearsighted or farsighted also have astigmatism.

 

What causes astigmatism?

Usually, astigmatism's related to your cornea shape: If you have it, you have a football-shaped cornea instead of a round one. The elongated shape prevents optimal light focus, and that causes blurry vision.

Your cornea may be oval instead of round for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, you're born with it, and in other cases, it develops because of corneal scarring or high intraocular pressure. Astigmatism can also be an early indicator of an eye condition called keratoconus, in which your cornea bulges out in a cone shape.

 

Do I have astigmatism?

Your Ironwood Eye Care optometrist checks for astigmatism during your regular eye exams. Often, the early signs of mild astigmatism aren't obvious, and this is one of the reasons why it's so important to get regular exams.

If you notice that your vision is blurrier than it used to be, astigmatism may be the problem. Other possible symptoms can include:

  • Eye strain
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Squinting to see clearly

If you have one or more of these symptoms, schedule a visit to your optometrist as soon as possible.

 

What is the treatment for astigmatism?

If you have mild astigmatism, you might not need treatment at this time. Your optometrist may simply monitor your condition during exams and then prescribe treatment if your symptoms worsen. If your astigmatism is causing blurry vision or other problems, you may simply need a special eyeglasses or contact lens prescription for symptom relief.

If you have severe astigmatism symptoms, your Ironwood Eye Care optometrist can discuss other treatment options, including LASIK surgery, with you. Most cases of astigmatism don't require surgical correction, especially if you start wearing the right corrective lenses when your symptoms first begin.

For expert astigmatism help, schedule your appointment at Ironwood Eye Care by phone or through the online appointment maker now.

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