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According to statistics from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, about one in every three people are affected by astigmatism. The condition causes blurry vision and is most always treatable. Often, nearsightedness or farsightedness occur along with astigmatism. Many people who have astigmatism are born with it, while others may develop astigmatism after an eye injury or disease.

Contact Laser Eye Center to schedule a consultation for the treatment of astigmatism at our Los Angeles, Orange County and Inland Empire, California-area practice.

What causes astigmatism?

Astigmatism results if either the cornea or the lens inside the eye are misshapen. The cornea and inside lens need to be perfectly spherical and symmetrical in order for light to be focused properly and for vision to be clear. If they are shaped more like an oval, where one side is longer than the other, then light is refracted in different directions. This results in images at the back of the eye appearing blurry instead of in sharp focus.

Astigmatism Symptoms

Astigmatism symptoms vary depending on how much the cornea or the lens inside the eye deviates from the ideal spherical shape. Blurry vision is the most common symptom of astigmatism. Moderate to severe astigmatism can result in headaches, eye fatigue, or sensitivity to light.

Treating Astigmatism

iStock_000001761465SmallMany patients with astigmatism can be treated with glasses or contact lenses. In some instances laser surgery or implantable lenses may be the most effective options for reshaping the cornea or lens. For more information on treating astigmatism, contact one of the eight Laser Eye Center locations in Los Angeles, Orange County, and Inland Empire region.