Astigmatism FAQs

If you been diagnosed with astigmatism, you may have several questions about the condition. Our team at Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates in Columbia, SC, has created a helpful guide to astigmatism. Continue reading for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about astigmatism. 


What Is Astigmatism? 

Astigmatism is a relatively common condition where your eye isn't entirely round. The ideal eyeball is shaped like a perfectly round ball. When light enters this eye, it is bent evenly, which ensures light is focused correctly onto the retina. With astigmatism, a person’s eye is shaped irregularly. Because of this, light is bent unevenly, which results in blurry vision. 

What Are the Signs of Astigmatism?

People with substantial astigmatism will have distorted or blurred vision. For example, certain lines on a wagon wheel or clock dial can appear very clear while others are blurred. Those with mild astigmatism can experience fatigue, headaches, eye strain, or blurred vision when looking at objects at certain distances. 

What Causes Astigmatism? 

The causes of astigmatism can vary. While it may be hereditary, it can also result from trauma, the pressure of the eyelids on the cornea, or from cornea scarring. Astigmatism can also be caused by the vision condition keratoconus. 

Can You Have Astigmatism with Nearsightedness or Farsightedness?

It's very common to have farsightedness or nearsightedness with astigmatism. In fact, most people who are farsighted or nearsighted will have some degree of astigmatism. 

How Can an Eye Doctor in Columbia Treat Astigmatism? 

Fortunately, astigmatism is very treatable by your eye doctor. Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates regularly prescribe contact lenses or eyeglasses to correct astigmatism. At the same time, you may qualify for PRK or LASIK to permanently correct the shape of your cornea. However, your trusted eye doctor in Columbia, SC, will work closely with you to determine which vision treatment is best for you. 

How Can an Eye Doctor Diagnose Astigmatism? 

When you visit your eye doctor, she will regularly test for astigmatism during your eye exam. Dr. Dorothy Park utilizes many of the same techniques and instruments used to diagnose farsightedness and nearsightedness. In addition, retinoscopy can be used to diagnose astigmatism. This process involves introducing a number of lenses while shining a light in your eye. For most patients, astigmatism will change over time and a regular eye exam can be an integral tool in ensuring you keep the right prescription. 

Contact Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates in Columbia, SC, for Optometry Solutions

Whether you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or any other condition, Dr. Dorothy Park is one of the leading eye doctors in Columbia. We offer a range of state-of-the-art treatments and optometry solutions for virtually all eye conditions. 

Contact Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates today to see your world more clearly. 


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