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What is Astigmatism?

POSTED ON May 20, 2011

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You’ve most likely heard of astigmatism.  It occurs in nearly everybody to some degree. Astigmatism is a common type of visual impairment in which the eye doesn’t focus light evenly onto the retina.  With astigmatism the curve of the cornea is shaped more like a football rather than a basketball.  This causes images to appear blurry and stretched out. Image courtesy of www.healthtree.com People with slight astigmatism won’t notice much ...

You’ve most likely heard of astigmatism.  It occurs in nearly everybody to some degree.

Astigmatism is a common type of visual impairment in which the eye doesn’t focus light evenly onto the retina.  With astigmatism the curve of the cornea is shaped more like a football rather than a basketball.  This causes images to appear blurry and stretched out.

Image courtesy of www.healthtree.com

People with slight astigmatism won’t notice much change in their vision.  It is often present at birth and can be hereditary.  It’s important for children to receive regular eye exams from an Indiana eye care doctor to detect any astigmatism at an early age.

Signs of astigmatism include headaches, eyestrain, squinting and blurred vision.  If you have any of these symptoms, see Dr. Tavel and his board certified associates.

Almost all degrees of astigmatism can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses.  Extreme cases may require refractive surgery to reshape the cornea.

It’s important to see your Indianapolis eye care doctor any time you notice a change in your vision.  Protect your vision and improve your health!

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