Astigmatism

Monday, May 15, 2017

Astigmatism is a defect in the eye caused by an imperfection in the eyes curvature. Dr. Edward Hill discusses astigmatism in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Astigmatism is a common and generally treatable imperfection in the curvature of your eye that causes blurred distance and near vision.

Astigmatism occurs when either the front surface of your eye or the lens, inside your eye, has mismatched curves. Instead of having one curve like a round ball, the surface is egg shaped. This causes blurred vision at all distances.

Signs and symptoms of astigmatism may include:

Blurred or distorted vision

Eyestrain or discomfort

Headaches

Difficulty with night vision, and

Squinting

Astigmatism is often present at birth and may occur in combination with nearsightedness or farsightedness. Often its not pronounced enough to require corrective action. When it is, your treatment options are corrective lenses or surgery.

See an eye doctor if your eye symptoms detract from your enjoyment of activities or interfere with your ability to perform everyday tasks.

An eye doctor can determine whether you have astigmatism and, if so, to what degree. He or she can then advise you of your options to correct your vision.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.