The cornea and the lens are the areas of the eye which control how light enters and reaches the retina. When they are curved normally, light reaches the retina in a single point. However, when the surface of the cornea or lens is abnormal, the light arrives at the retina at multiple points, causing blurry or distorted vision. For many patients, astigmatism is accompanied by another refractive error, such as nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia).
At Montgomery Eye Care, we are committed to finding the right method for restoring the clarity of your vision.
The exact cause of astigmatism is unknown, but may be genetic as it is generally present from birth.
Symptoms of Astigmatism
The main symptom of astigmatism is distorted vision. However, in mild form, this condition can go undetected for many years. Symptoms of an untreated astigmatism include:
- Eye strain
Dr. Montgomery or one of our other specialists can diagnose astigmatism during a comprehensive eye examination and recommend a treatment plan for you.
Treatment Options for Astigmatism
There are several treatment options available for patients with astigmatism. Our team can help you decide which option is best for your needs. Reshaping the cornea through a refractive surgical procedure is the longest-lasting of these solutions. LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) are treatments that can alter the shape of the cornea to correct a variety of refractive errors.
See the World Clearly
When your eyes are affected by astigmatism or another refractive error, it can impact all of your daily activities. At Montgomery Eye Care, we are committed to finding the right method for restoring the clarity of your vision. Learn more about our comprehensive eye care services by contacting us online or calling (303) 252-9981 today.