Throughout his career, Dr. Lippman has treated numerous patients suffering from astigmatism at his Westchester laser eye surgery facility. Please read the information below to learn more about this common vision condition.
What Is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a common vision condition causing blurred eyesight at all distances. Depending on the degree of astigmatism, haziness might range from hardly noticeable to pronounced blurriness. If left untreated, astigmatism might cause eyestrain and headache as the patient frequently squints to focus on objects both near and far. Some of the most common signs of astigmatism are:
- Blurred, hazy vision at all distances
- Frequent squinting
- Difficulty to focus while driving, playing sports, watching TV or performing other vision-intense activities
If you suspect that you might be suffering from astigmatism, please use our contact page to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Lippman. He will conduct a thorough set of eye examinations to diagnose your vision condition and suggest the most appropriate treatment.
How Does Astigmatism Develop?
Astigmatic patients have corneas and/or lenses that are not shaped correctly and are shaped more oval than round. While a normal eye is shaped like a baseball, an astigmatic eye resembles a football. The oval shape distorts proper focusing of light rays on the retina. Instead of centering on one point on the retina, light rays focus on two points at the back of the eye causing blurred vision at all distances. Astigmatism is typically hereditary but can also be caused by pressure from eyelids on the cornea, trauma, or scarring of the cornea. While astigmatism is usually hereditary, it can also develop as a result of eye injury, eye surgery and/or keratoconus (a condition whereby the cornea becomes gradually thinner and bulges forward).
How Is Astigmatism Treated?
Depending on the degree of astigmatism and patients’ preferences, it can be treated with glasses and contact lenses, refractive surgery or special implantable lenses (IOLs). As a highly experienced laser eye surgery Westchester County specialist, Dr. Lippman has helped numerous astigmatic patients throughout Westchester by providing them with customized LASIK and PRK treatments.
In addition, he also offers Toric IOLs for patients with a high degree of astigmatism. These lens implants become a permanent part of the eye, correcting its shape and providing clear vision at all distances, often without glasses. Toric lens implantation procedure is similar to Crystalens implantation; however, Toric lenses are specially designed to correct astigmatism. A similarity between all of these IOLs is that they can provide clear vision without glasses for patients who do not qualify for LASIK and those undergoing cataract surgery in Westchester County.
Q: Can astigmatism go away?
A: Unfortunately, astigmatism will not go away and can sometimes get worse with age. It is best to see your Westchester eyecare doctor to determine the best way to improve your vision.
Q: Is there a better option between eyeglasses or contacts when treating astigmatism?
A: When it comes to deciding between eyeglasses and contacts it is mostly up to you. At Lippman Eyecare Center, Dr. Lippman will help you choose what is best suited for you and your lifestyle.
Q: How do I know if I have astigmatism?
A: Contact our office and we will set up a comprehensive eye exam that will include a test for astigmatism.
Q: How will astigmatism affect me?
A: Aside from needing to adjust to wearing glasses or contacts, your life should not change much. If you have any other questions or concerns about your astigmatism please contact our office.
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