Astigmatism Explained

June 28, 2023

Many people have heard the word “astigmatism” but aren’t sure what it means. In a perfect world, everyone’s eyeball would be precisely round. That would allow light to enter and focus in the back of the eye to provide a clear image. But if a cornea has an oval shape, the entering light becomes curved more in one direction than another, which results in only part of an object being in focus. Objects at all distances may appear blurry and out of focus because of an irregular cornea with astigmatism.

The well-being of your eyes affects how you live and enjoy your life. The office of Dr. Shannon Chandler & Associates understands this and is here for you. We listen to your needs and work with you to help your eyes stay healthy. We also offer a superb selection of contact lenses and stylish eyeglass frames at our location that will suit your every need. Astigmatism frequently accompanies farsightedness (hyperopia) or nearsightedness (myopia). These conditions are referred to as refractive errors because they affect how your eyes bend (refract) the light that enters them. Eyeglasses and contact lenses can correct astigmatism. Even someone with a slight astigmatism can benefit from vision correction.

Signs of astigmatism aren’t always immediately apparent. It can present as eyestrain, distorted vision, headaches, or trouble seeing in low light. An optometrist can diagnose it by examining your eyes. Many children are born with astigmatism that clears up before they’re a year old. In school-age children, the effects of astigmatism might be interpreted as a learning disorder. That’s why they should start getting eye exams when they are in grade school.

Whether it’s time for a checkup or a new pair of contact lenses or eyeglass frames, the office of Dr. Shannon Chandler & Associates is here to help. Your care and comfort are our top priorities. We will take the time to explain your options in eye care. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.