All About Astigmatism

All About Astigmatism

July 18th, 2016


Astigmatism is an abnormality in the shape of the cornea. This irregularity makes it so light does not properly focus onto the retina, causing blurry vision. Astigmatism is an extremely common refractive error, affecting millions of Americans of all ages. Astigmatism can be frustrating, but Dr. Danny Lee is here to help.

Luckily, Dr. Danny Lee offers some of the best care for astigmatic patients in the area. Astigmatism can be effectively corrected in many different ways, from contact lenses to surgery.

Causes of Astigmatism

Astigmatism is the abnormal curvature of the cornea. Patients with astigmatism tend to have “football” shaped eyeballs, as opposed to the normal round shape. Astigmatism is generally inherited, but can occur as a result of age or disease. Astigmatism can also occur after certain injuries to the cornea.

Diagnosis of Astigmatism

Astigmatism is easily diagnosed during a comprehensive eye examination. Dr. Danny Lee will check your eyes for astigmatism as well as any other accompanying eye conditions. During a visual acuity test, you will be asked to read letters from an eye chart. The curvature of the eye will also be measured using a device called a keratometer. The keratometer provides Dr. Lee with information about the axis and extent of your astigmatism. Dr. Lee is an expert in diagnosis of refractive errors, and has years of experience in making accurate diagnoses.

It is Dr. Lee’s top priority to educate patients on their conditions and inform them of all their options for treatment.

Astigmatism Treatments

Dr. Lee prides himself on offering the latest technology in Huntsville and Decatur, Alabama to astigmatic patients. Through the multiple treatment options Dr. Lee provides, clear and crisp vision is accessible to just about everybody!

The most popular method of correcting astigmatism is through eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions. These methods are non-invasive and not permanent, which is a plus for a lot of people. But for those who are tired of having to deal with the pain of maintaining these methods, there are more permanent options available.

Procedures such as LASIK, PRK, and Toric IOL placement are all permanent procedures that can get rid of the need for glasses or contact lenses completely. If you also have cataracts, astigmatism can be corrected during cataract surgery. Patients tend to want to opt for permanent astigmatism correction if their glasses or contacts are interfering with their daily activities.

LASIK surgery with Dr. Lee is safe, quick and very effective. Since astigmatic patients have irregular corneas, Dr. Lee recommends custom LASIK surgery to make sure the right areas are getting the treatment they need. Before Dr. Lee’s advanced LASIK procedure, he is able to create a detailed map of the eye, which the computer-guided laser then uses to make adjustments to the eye during the procedure.

Restore Your Eyes

Your eyesight is important. Dr. Lee understands that blurry, distorted vision is detrimental to your quality of life. Come in to see Dr. Lee in Decatur and Huntsville, Alabama and see what he can offer you. With years of experience and training, Dr. Lee is able to restore vision to astigmatic patients, helping them to experience better vision than ever before. With modern advancements in technology, LASIK and other corrective procedures have never been safer and more effective.

Have you been considering LASIK surgery or another form of permanent astigmatism correction? There is no better time than now to call Dr. Lee for your consultation in Decatur or Huntsville!