Astigmatism is a very common eye condition that's easily corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses and on some occasions, surgery.
Diagnosis & Treatment by Your Eye Doctor in Jessup
If you experience problems with your eyesight, we invite you to book an eye exam in our Jessup office. Our optometrist will inspect your vision and eyes to make a precise diagnosis and determine the most effective treatment. At , our Jessup eye doctor is skilled and experienced in diagnosing and treating astigmatism - so you see crisp and clear.
What is astigmatism?
Astigmatism occurs when your eye is not entirely round. In truth, astigmatism is present in almost everyone – but it only leads to blurry vision at a certain degree.
Think of your eye as a spherical ball. Usually, when light enters your eye it bends evenly. This creates a sharp image of what you see on the tissues at the back of your inner eye. However, if you have astigmatism your eye is shaped more like an elliptical football. As a result, the light is not bent evenly and only one part of the picture is transmitted clearly and in focus at one time.
What are the symptoms of astigmatism?
When this vision condition is not diagnosed or it is left untreated, the symptoms are wavy or blurred vision. Objects viewed at any distance will appear distorted and you will not be able to bring them into focus.
Sometimes, this symptom is blamed mistakenly on eye fatigue or strain. But only a complete eye exam in Jessup can determine the problem; contact our eye doctor to book an appointment.
What is the treatment for astigmatism?
Eyeglasses or contact lenses can generally resolve astigmatism with success. If these forms of vision correction are not effective, surgery is sometimes necessary.
Also, astigmatism often occurs along with other vision conditions, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. Our eye doctor in Jessup will make sure that your vision prescription corrects all refractive error accurately, along with astigmatism. Be aware that with time, astigmatism may worsen – so watch out for any changes. If you notice that your eyesight becomes blurry again, it’s time to book an eye exam in our Jessup office. We will conduct vision testing and a detailed examination to prescribe the updated vision correction that you need.
Frequently Asked Questions On Astigmatism
Q: Are some people more prone to having Dry Eyes than others?
A: People who suffer from allergies, or have systemic inflammatory diseases like arthritis and Sjogren's tend to be more susceptible to developing dry eye syndrome. Certain medications cause dry eyes as a side effect. Aging and being a woman, are both risk factors for dry eye syndrome too.
Q: Am I a good candidate for refractive surgery?
A: Patients who are at least 18 years of age, have healthy eyes that are free from retinal problems, corneal scars, and any eye diseases are generally suitable. Many patients who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism are potential candidates. We will also discuss your lifestyle needs to help you decide if LASIK is the best alternative for you. If you would like to schedule a free LASIK consultation, please contact our office.
Q: What is diabetic retinopathy?
A: Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is an eye disease that can occur at any stage and with any type of diabetes. In fact, sometimes diabetes is identified during an eye exam in a person who never suspected it. It is caused by damage to the very delicate blood vessels within the retina at the back of the eye. As DR progresses, these blood vessels may start to leak blood and fluid into the retina or other areas of the eye, and new vessels may begin to grow within the retina, which can cause vision loss, and sudden complications including internal bleeds and retinal detachment.