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Frequently Asked Questions about Astigmatism

Astigmatism is one of the most common vision problems and tends to worsen as we age. The good news is that you have an optometrist in Los Angeles, CA at Westchester Eyecare Center who can diagnose and effectively treat Astigmatism.

woman getting tested for an astigmatism.

What is Astigmatism?

When a person is born with or develops this condition their cornea is not round but rather oval shaped. This results in an inability for the cornea to focus light correctly on the retina. Because light is misdirected, objects both far away and close up are blurred.

Can this Condition be Corrected?

Yes. Your optometrist can determine the severity of your astigmatism and prescribe glasses or contacts that restore 20/20 vision.

What are the Symptoms of Astigmatism?

When you have mild astigmatism you may not notice blurriness at all but rather attribute distorted vision to fatigue or straining your eyes. When your eyes are having to work overtime to focus on objects the result can be headaches and eye dryness. The only way to diagnose astigmatism by way of a complete eye exam.

How Does an Optometrist Diagnose this Condition?

Your eye specialist administers various tests such a refraction, visual acuity, and at times a keratometry test.  These tests involve:

  • Visual Acuity Test - you are directed to read letters on a chart at various distances
  • Refraction Test - a variety of corrective lenses are placed in front of your eyes to determine how well you can read the chart.
  • Keratometry Test - measures the curvature and shape of your cornea.

Most people with astigmatism have reoccurring farsightedness or nearsightedness.

Does Astigmatism Worsen with Age?

Yes. When astigmatism is not corrected it usually worsens due to continued eye strain. A regular eye exam ensures you have the correct strength lenses to improve your cornea's refracting abilities and that your astigmatism doesn't worsen with age.

Can I Wear Contacts If I Have Astigmatism?

Yes! A special type of soft contacts (Toric) made from standard hydrogel material or silicone hydrogel enable your eyes to receive healthy amounts of oxygen. Rigid, gas permeable contact lenses may also be prescribed if needed.

Your optometrist will discuss with you which astigmatism contact lens best suited to your vision needs and lifestyle.

You Can Reach One of Our Many Locations in Los Angeles by Calling Us at (310) 670-1888

Westchester Eyecare Center: Silicon Beach, Playa Vista, Playa Del Ray, Westchester, Marina Del Rey, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Inglewood & Surrounding Areas.