At The Vision Gallery, Ltd., one of the most common eye problems that our New Dorp optometrist sees in our patients is astigmatism. Astigmatism is a refractive visual error that can easily be corrected with the use of prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, or even corrective surgeries. Astigmatism is characterized by having an irregular curve in the cornea. In someone without astigmatism, the cornea usually has a spherical shape to it. In these circumstances, when light enters the eye, the refraction is even, meaning that the person can see clearly. In someone with astigmatism, the cornea is curved more, kind of like the shape of a football. This means that when light enters the eye, the refraction is not even—the light is refracted more in one direction than the other, and so only part of what is being viewed can be in focus at one time. Therefore, for people with astigmatism, objects at any distance can appear blurred or distorted in other similar ways.
Astigmatism is often hereditary, and in some cases it is present at birth. For other people, it can develop as a result of pressure on the eyelids, poor posture, or even from frequently using the eyes for close work. If you are experiencing symptoms such as frequent headaches, eye strain, fatigue, and blurry vision at varying distances, it is possible that you are suffering from undiagnosed astigmatism. If you think this is possible for you, simply schedule an appointment with our New Dorp optometrist. We can diagnose your astigmatism after a basic eye exam at The Vision Gallery, Ltd.
If you are interested in learning more about eye health topics like astigmatism, along with descriptions of the various related services our New Dorp optometrist can provide for you, we encourage you to visit the main The Vision Gallery, Ltd. website for additional information. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to make an appointment with our New Dorp optometrist, do not hesitate to contact us by phone or online. We look forward to your next visit at The Vision Gallery, Ltd.