Astigmatism Specialist

In Focus Eyecare

Andrea P. Neff, OD

Optometry located in Fort Mill, SC

Astigmatism could be behind your blurred vision, headaches, and other irritating symptoms. Visit skilled optometrist, Andrea Neff, OD, at In Focus Eyecare in Fort Mill, South Carolina, for successful treatments that can resolve your symptoms, including various contact lenses and glasses, and referrals for refractive surgery when necessary. Start with your comprehensive eye exam and call or click today.

Astigmatism Q & A

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism happens when the curvature of your eye is imperfect or flawed and causes blurred vision. Astigmatism might occur along with nearsightedness or farsightedness. Astigmatism is a common eye condition.

With astigmatism, you might have:

  • Distorted or blurred vision
  • Discomfort or eyestrain
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty with your vision at night
  • Squinting

Children might not even realize their vision is blurry and should keep up-to-date with their recommended eye exams. This allows Dr. Neff to identify any signs of eye-related problems and disease as soon as possible.


What causes astigmatism?

Astigmatism occurs when either your cornea (the front surface of your eye) or the lens inside your eye has mismatched curves.

There should be one single curve that resembles a round ball. With astigmatism, the surface has more of an egg shape with two mismatched curves that cause blurred vision at all distances. If light rays aren’t bent properly, refractive error and a blurry image occur.

Astigmatism might develop following an injury, disease, or surgery, or it can be present from birth. In some instances, blurred vision can be a result of inflammation of the eyes. Eye inflammation is often a symptom of an allergy or an underlying medical condition.

Dr. Neff evaluates your eye health and determines if you have astigmatism. If you have astigmatism, Dr. Neff creates a personalized treatment plan to correct vision and enhance eye health.


How is astigmatism treated?

During your eye exam, Dr. Neff diagnoses astigmatism. Your eye exam typically involves various tests with different instruments used to evaluate your eye health and a refraction test to check how your eyes bend light.

Corrective lenses, such as eyeglasses and contact lenses, can counteract the uneven curvatures of your cornea or lens to correct your vision. In addition to corrective eyewear, there are also effective surgeries to correct the problem, such as LASIK.

During the LASIK corrective refractive surgery, a laser beam reshapes the curves of your cornea and corrects the refractive error.

When treating astigmatism, the goal is always to improve eye comfort and vision clarity. Even slightly blurred vision can still impair your cognitive functioning and cause headaches and pain. Treat your astigmatism and call In Focus Eyecare or schedule online today.