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What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is an optical condition usually produced when certain corneal parts bend light into the eye steeper than others. This optical irregularity results in poorly focused images projections within the eye. Correction in most cases is with spectacles or contacts although Laser Vision Correction or LASIK for astigmatism is a more modern and highly successful treatment method.

People with astigmatism may have a difficult time seeing objects near or far. Objects will generally appear blurry or distorted.

The following are common symptoms associated with astigmatism:

  • Headaches
  • Difficulty reading up close or far away
  • Trouble seeing at night
  • Need to squint to bring objects into focus

Anyone can get astigmatism, young or old. Some people may have slight variations of astigmatism and not even realize anything is wrong with their vision.

Chart Illustrating how astigmatism affects light entering an eye

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Westchester Eye Surgeons has been diagnosing and treating patients with astigmatism in Chicago and the suburbs for more than 20 years. We would be pleased to offer information, discuss your condition and offer advice on treatments including LASIK and other options for treatment. Please contact Westchester Eye Surgeons today.

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Astigmatism Diagnosis and Treatment

For anyone suffering from astigmatism, it is important to visit an eye care professional regularly. While you may not realize something is wrong with your eyes, only a full examination can allow you to know for sure.

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