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Astigmatism is a very common eye condition that's easily corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses and on some occasions, surgery.


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What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism occurs when your eye is not entirely round. In truth, astigmatism is present in almost everyone – but it only leads to blurry vision at a certain degree.

Think of your eye as a spherical ball. Usually, when light enters your eye it bends evenly. This creates a sharp image of what you see on the tissues at the back of your inner eye. However, if you have astigmatism your eye is shaped more like an elliptical football. As a result, the light is not bent evenly and only one part of the picture is transmitted clearly and in focus at one time.

Diagnosis & Treatment by Your Eye Doctor in San Diego

If you experience problems with your eyesight, we invite you to book an eye exam in our San Diego office. Our optometrist will inspect your vision and eyes to make a precise diagnosis and determine the most effective treatment. At , our San Diego eye doctor is skilled and experienced in diagnosing and treating astigmatism - so you see crisp and clear.

What is a stigma?

Stigma is actually referring to a type of refractive error known properly as astigmatism and it's is relatively common. There are three types of refractive error, myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The former two are more regularly referred to as nearsighted (cannot see far away) and farsighted (cannot see up close). Astigmatism is simply the third category; it affects both the near and far vision at the same time. Much like nearsightedness or farsightedness, astigmatism is corrected using glasses or contacts.

Technically speaking an eye with astigmatism requires two different prescriptions to correct vision in one eye due to the more oval shape of the cornea. This will require a more specialized contact lens and a more in-depth fitting procedure.

Sometimes, this symptom is blamed mistakenly on eye fatigue or strain. But only a complete eye exam in San Diego can determine the problem; contact our eye doctor to book an appointment.

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Frequently Asked Questions - Vision Care

Q: What are the symptoms of astigmatism?

  • A: When this vision condition is not diagnosed or it is left untreated, the symptoms are wavy or blurred vision. Objects viewed at any distance will appear distorted and you will not be able to bring them into focus. Sometimes, this symptom is blamed mistakenly on eye fatigue or strain. But only a complete eye exam can determine the problem; contact our eye doctor to book an appointment.

Q: What is the treatment for astigmatism?

  • A: Eyeglasses or contact lenses can generally resolve astigmatism with success. If these forms of vision correction are not effective, surgery is sometimes necessary. Astigmatism often occurs along with other vision conditions, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. We will make sure that your vision prescription corrects all refractive errors accurately, along with astigmatism. Be aware that with time, astigmatism may worsen – so watch out for any changes. If you notice that your eyesight becomes blurry again, it’s time to book an eye exam today. We will conduct vision testing and a detailed examination to prescribe the updated vision correction that you need.

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