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What is Astigmatism?


astigmatic visionAstigmatism is a very common problem that usually coincides with myopia or hyperopia. A normal cornea is round and smooth, like a basketball. With astigmatism, the cornea is curved in one direction more than the other, like a football. Similarly, two round surfaces in the eye are responsible for focusing light; the clear outer window of the eye called the cornea, and the lens, which resides just behind the iris (the colored part of the eye. If one or both of these surfaces are not perfectly spherical or round, the eye focuses vertical light rays differently from horizontal light rays, resulting in distorted or blurry vision. We then say astigmatism is present.

Astigmatism along with blurred vision may cause eyestrain or even headaches. Small amounts of astigmatism can be ignored, but if any of its symptoms are present, astigmatism can be corrected by glasses, gas permeable or toric contact lenses, or vision correction surgery.

Do You Have Astigmatism?

The best way to find out exactly what’s causing your vision problems is to make an appointment with an eye care professional. At The Eye Centers of Racine and Kenosha, we will check your eyes thoroughly to understand the reasons for your vision problems. And we’ll explain your choices for correcting the problems.

Dr. Kanwar A. Singh is a board-certified ophthalmologist and eye surgeon and has been practicing in Racine and Kenosha for over 25 years. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. His surgical procedures use cutting edge technology to treat eye problems including the latest laser treatment for cataracts.

Here at The Eye Centers of Racine & Kenosha we keep up to date on new research and new treatments. Call 262 637 0500 today!  to scheduled your appointment.

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