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Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a common  issue that causes blurry vision. It is characterized by an irregularly shaped cornea. Some people’s eyes are shaped more like an egg than a round orb, this can create vision problems. If you have astigmatism, contact the Campus Eye Group and its highly trained staff for options on treating your astigmatism and having the clear sight you need and deserve.

What is Astigmatism?

Two structures of your eyeball determine your ability to focus. Your cornea, which is the front layer of your eye, and your lens, which is inside your eye behind the pupil and the iris, determine whether your vision will be blurry or not.

You may be at risk for astigmatism if you have any of the following:

    • Astigmatism runs in your family
    • A scarred or thinning cornea
    • Blurry vision when looking at an object up close or from a distance
    • If you’ve previously had eye surgery
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Diagnosing Astigmatism

Please tell your eye doctor about your symptoms. You’ll need a thorough eye examination done by our office. You’ll be asked to read the symbols on an eye chart. Next, you’ll look through a phoropter so our doctors can determine your prescription. Our doctors will measure the curve of your cornea and how well you focus using Pentacam corneal topography. A computer takes these precise measurements as an aid to guide our doctors if surgery is needed to correct your astigmatism.

Treatment for Your Astigmatism

Your doctor at Campus Eye Group in New Jersey treats astigmatism in several different ways. If you have a mild condition of astigmatism, you might not need treatment. If your condition is moderate, glasses or contact lenses can correct your vision. Our office offers a variety of contact lenses, such as toric lenses, to give you back clear vision.

Surgery to Correct Astigmatism

If you have a severe case of astigmatism, surgery remains your best choice to correct your vision. LASIK laser eye surgery reshapes your cornea so you can see more clearly and focus well. The Campus Eye group LASIK doctors first numb your eye with drops. Then they use a tiny tool to surgically reshape the central layers of the inner layers of your eye. Healing occurs rapidly after this surgery, and the recovery period takes about 24 hours.

LASIK surgery isn’t right for everyone with astigmatism. You need to be 18 years or older and have good eye health for the procedure, with no scars or infections. You’ll also need to stop wearing contacts for a few weeks before surgery. Patients receiving LASIK surgery also need to be willing to attend routine follow up treatments after the surgery is completed.

Please contact our highly trained doctors at Campus Eye Group for more information about diagnosing and treating your astigmatism today. We also provide you with routine annual eye exams to ensure that your eyes stay healthy for the rest of your life.