Astigmatism – Greater Rhode Island

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About Astigmatism

A perfectly shaped cornea is round, like a baseball. When the cornea is irregularly shaped, more like a football, this is called corneal astigmatism. Astigmatism can also result from an irregular curvature of the lens, which is called lenticular astigmatism. It is a very common vision condition that prevents light from focusing properly on the retina, which then causes blurred vision. Astigmatism can cause nearsightedness, farsightedness, or sometimes both. Individuals can be born with astigmatism (called regular astigmatism), or they can acquire it through trauma or disease (irregular astigmatism). People who have astigmatism can experience headaches, migraines, eye fatigue, and pain in the eye muscles if they do not seek treatment.

Fortunately, it is very treatable, and patients who receive proper care can expect significantly clearer vision and less discomfort. Koch Eye Associates has an amazing team of optometrists and ophthalmologists who can diagnose and treat your astigmatism. We have a wide range of options to alleviate your symptoms and clear up your vision, so schedule an appointment today for a comprehensive eye exam. We are proud to treat patients throughout greater Rhode Island at out practices in Johnston, North Kingstown, Providence, Wakefield, Warwick, and Woonsocket.

Symptoms

Astigmatism can cause you to feel strain in your eyes or give you headaches after reading, watching television, or using a computer for too long. It also has several vision-related indicators, such as blurriness, distortions, double vision, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. In children, the inability to see clearly caused by astigmatism is sometimes misdiagnosed as a learning difficulty. Schedule a comprehensive eye examination at Koch Eye Associates if you or your child has any of these symptoms. We can provide an accurate diagnosis and timely treatment.

Causes

Astigmatism is caused by irregular curvatures in either the cornea or the lens of the eye. These curvatures should both be round, like a baseball, but sometimes, the cornea or the lens is shaped more like an egg or football. Most individuals who have astigmatism are born with it, but eye surgery, trauma, or disease can also cause it.

Treatment Options

Treatment options for astigmatism include prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, and/or laser vision correction surgery. At Koch Eye Associates in greater Rhode Island, we have a fantastic team of optometrists and ophthalmologists who can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and information on your best treatment options. LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) are both terrific long-term solutions for astigmatism. If you are interested in learning more about LASIK or PRK, we can schedule a consultation with an experienced ophthalmologist to determine if you are a candidate.

Experience Clearer Vision

At Koch Eye Associates, we are proud to offer comprehensive diagnostic tests and multiple treatment options for the symptoms associated with astigmatism. If you have eye strain, unexplained headaches, or are experiencing a decline in vision, astigmatism is a possibility. Contact one of our Rhode Island facilities today to learn more about astigmatism or make your appointment for a thorough eye exam and evaluation.

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