Astigmatism is an imperfection in the curvature of the eye’s cornea or lens. This condition occurs when either the cornea or the lens inside of the eye has mismatched curves. Instead of having one curve similar to a round ball, the surface is shaped like an egg. This can cause blurry vision at all distances. Astigmatism can also occur along with other refractive errors such as nearsightedness or farsightedness.
Common symptoms of astigmatism include:
- Blurry or distorted vision.
- Difficulty seeing at night.
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Astigmatism can be diagnosed during a complete eye exam. During this exam, a series of tests will be performed to check your eye health and refraction (how the eye bends light). Various instruments may be used, including a phoropter to help determine how to shape a lens to correct your vision, an autorefractor to determine the corrective lenses you require, and a keratometer to measure the curve of your cornea. All of these tests can help to properly diagnose and measure your astigmatism.
The main goal of astigmatism treatment is to help improve the clarity of your vision and ensure eye comfort. At our office, treatment options include:
Corrective Lenses: Mild to moderate astigmatism can often be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses, which work by counteracting uneven curvatures of your cornea or lens. Eyeglasses are created with lenses that help to compensate for the uneven shape of the eye, and can also correct other refractive errors like farsightedness or nearsightedness. Contact lenses are available in a selection of types and styles to correct astigmatism. Dr. Gupta will speak with you to determine which type is best for you and your lifestyle.
LASIK Surgery: Refractive surgery such as LASIK surgery can improve your vision and also reduce the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses. During this procedure, a hinged flap is created in the cornea, and a laser beam is used to reshape the curves of the cornea. The flap is then put back into place.
Other Refractive Surgeries: Clear lens extraction and implantable contact lenses are alternative refractive surgery options.The best way to determine which treatment option is right for you is through a free consultation appointment and eye assessment with Dr. Gupta.
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Dr. Archana Gupta is a board certified ophthalmologist. She specializes in cataract, cornea, external diseases and refractive surgery.
For a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose astigmatism, contact Advance Eye Surgeons in Boca Raton & Tamarac, FL today to schedule your appointment. As a certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Gupta is dedicated to providing each of her patients with outstanding care.
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