Astigmatism is a common refractive error characterized by a curvature of the eye that can cause blurry distance and near vision. Fortunately, Dr. Modi and our team at Iconic Eyecare can easily correct your eyesight, allowing you to see clearly at all distances. Let’s look at some of the symptoms of astigmatism and how we can help.

illustration of astigmatism

What Is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism occurs when the front surface of the cornea or the lens inside the eye curves in different directions. A healthy cornea has a round shape. With astigmatism, the surface of the cornea will have an egg shape.

The Symptoms of Astigmatism

Astigmatism causes vision problems and other issues, including:

  • Blurry or distorted vision
  • Eyestrain
  • Eye pain
  • Chronic headaches
  • Needing to squint frequently
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Trouble driving at night

Diagnosing Astigmatism

Astigmatism can be detected during annual eye exams. Your eye doctor will have you read from the Snellen chart to determine how well you can see. We will also perform a refraction test, which helps us see how your cornea bends and determine your eyeglass prescription.

Treating Astigmatism

There are several treatment options for astigmatism. We will help you choose the one that is the most convenient for you.

  • Eyeglasses: The most common treatment for this refractive error is eyeglasses. Our eye doctor can order lenses to compensate for the uneven shape of your eye and allow the light to bend correctly so you can see clearly.
  • Contact lenses: Many people prefer contacts instead of glasses because they provide a more natural appearance. Some like that an eyeglass frame or dirty lenses will not obstruct their vision, and many athletes prefer contacts instead of sports goggles. With astigmatism, conventional soft lenses aren't an option. This refractive error requires a hard-to-fit lens, called a toric lens. The lenses are soft and can correct all levels of astigmatism.
  • Orthokeratology: These are special lenses, also known as ortho-k. These lenses are worn at night and correct your vision while you sleep. When you wake up in the morning, you will be able to see clearly. You won't need eyeglasses or contacts as long as you wear the contacts every night.

Contact Our Optometrist in Surrey, BC

If you suspect you have astigmatism or another condition of the eye, contact Iconic Eyecare. We provide quality eye care for our patients in Sunnyside, Grandview Heights, Morgan Heights, White Rock, South Surrey, and Surrey. Call our team today at (604) 385-6396 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Modi.

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