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Hendersonville Eye Care Answers FAQ about Astigmatism

At Hendersonville Eye Care, our team is committed to providing you with quality eye and vision care services. Whether you're in need of a routine eye exam or treatment for an ocular condition, our experienced Hendersonville optometrist is here to assist you. One of the more common eye conditions we diagnose and treat in our office is known as astigmatism, which affects millions of people of all ages in the United States.

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Astigmatism

We've taken the time to answer some of the most commonly asked questions our optometry team receives in our office in regards to this eye condition.

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is an eye condition that can affect one or both eyes; it occurs when the front lens of the eye (the cornea) has an abnormal shape or odd curvature that prevents light from properly reaching the retina. This, in turn, prevents the eye from being able to focus properly and thus can affect your vision. The severity of the curvature will affect how much your eyesight is compromised.

What causes astigmatism?

There are many potential causes of astigmatism; in many cases, it is a hereditary condition—and a very common one at that. However, in some cases, the trauma of the eye can cause astigmatism, as can keratoconus (another eye disorder).

What are the signs of astigmatism?

Some people may have no signs or symptoms of astigmatism, though those who do generally report having a hard time focusing. Objects may appear blurry or foggy, especially through one particular eye. In moderate to severe cases of astigmatism, the curvature may be significant enough to lead to headaches, eye strain, fatigue, and other problems.

How is astigmatism diagnosed?

Astigmatism is tested for in every comprehensive eye and vision exam, so if you're noticing any symptoms of this eye condition, be sure to bring it up with your eye doctor. More than likely, he or she will want to schedule an eye exam. During the exam, instruments and tests can be used by our optometrist to determine the proper degree of vision correction needed to reflect light correctly into the cornea in order to improve your vision and focus.

How can astigmatism be treated?

The good news is that astigmatism can usually be treated with corrective lenses, either in the form of eyeglasses or contacts. Keep in mind, however, that those with astigmatism may need a special type of contact lens to achieve a proper and comfortable fit. In some cases, surgical treatment options like LASIK may be recommended to reshape the cornea. Orthokeratology is another potential treatment that is non-invasive and can be used to improve astigmatism in some patients.

Request an Appointment with Our Hendersonville Optometry Team Today

If you think you may have astigmatism, it's time to schedule an appointment with our Hendersonville optometry team. You can reach Hendersonville Eye Care by contacting us at 828-693-5205. We're open throughout the week with convenient hours to suit your busy schedule!

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