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What Is Astigmatism?

Did you know that the curvature of your eye cornea plays an important role in enjoying healthy vision?

In an eye with 20/20 vision, the cornea is perfectly curved and smooth, which ensures that light is correctly filtered and focused to the retina. However, not all corneas are smooth and equally curved; when there are odd bumps or unequal edges, this is known as astigmatism.

An irregularly shaped cornea can make it difficult for individuals to enjoy their best vision. The most common symptoms of astigmatism include having blurry vision, and/or trouble focusing on near or far objects. Other symptoms include constant eye strain, headaches, and squinting. Most people are born with astigmatism, although some cases can be caused by aging or injury to the eye.

While astigmatism can have a dramatic impact on a person’s vision, it can be corrected via prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, or laser vision correction. In addition to eyeglasses and contact lenses, many people may find significant and permanent relief with LASIK surgery. During this procedure, an ophthalmologist can use a laser to reshape the cornea, which ultimately corrects astigmatism.

If you think you have astigmatism or you’re having trouble with your eyesight, it is important to schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist right away. An ophthalmologist can diagnose you with astigmatism and help you find the best solution to fit your lifestyle.

If you suffer from poor vision, schedule an eye exam consultation with ophthalmologist Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths at NewView Eye Center in Reston, VA today.


NewView Eye Center is the 1st and only Laser Eye Center in Reston, VA. If you are interested in reducing your dependency on glasses or contacts, call 703-834-9777 to schedule a free consultation to find out if you are a candidate for laser vision correction.

NewView serves the greater Washington, DC metro area.