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Astigmatism Treatment from Your Eye Doctor in Kissimmee, FL

Patients are often surprised to find out that nearly everyone has some degree of astigmatism.  A state-of-the-art eye exam at our Eye Care Specialists of Florida office can reveal this and other vision problems our eye doctor in Kissimmee treats.

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Astigmatism Overview

Our ophthalmologist notes that normal eyeballs have a perfectly round shape.  Light enters the eye with an even bend.  For patients with astigmatism, however, the cornea of the eye has an imperfect shape, causing only portions of objects to be in focus.

No one has discovered the exact cause of astigmatism.  While most patients already have it at birth, it can also occur following surgery, injury to an eye, or eye disease.  Many people find out they are astigmatic after a vision test at school.  A recent study of more than 2,500 U.S. children between 5 and 17 years old found astigmatism of at least 1.0 diopter in more than 28 percent of them.

Healthcare providers classify astigmatism as one of three types, depending on the presence of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or both.  The second type of classification system labels cases as either regular or irregular, depending on the positions of principal meridians in the eye.  Most patients have regular astigmatism, in which the cornea resembles the shape of a football.

Astigmatism is particularly common in patients who are nearsighted or farsighted.  An accurate diagnosis requires a thorough vision exam, which is especially important since signs can develop slowly.  The most common symptoms of this disorder include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Eye strain
  • Squinting

Treatment Options from Our Eye Doctor in Kissimmee

Like nearsightedness and farsightedness, astigmatism is a refractive issue.  Our eye doctor in Kissimmee is able to correct it in most patients using corrective lenses or surgery.

Patients with astigmatism have many choices when it comes to corrective lenses.  Lenses in prescription eyeglasses change the way light enters the eye.  They cause it to bend at the correct angle despite the irregular shape of an astigmatic cornea.  Often the same pair of glasses corrects nearsightedness or farsightedness.

A number of types of contact lenses also treat astigmatism.  Patients commonly wear special toric soft lenses, gas permeable contacts, or bifocal lenses.  Orthokeratology is a process that reshapes the cornea using a series of prescribed rigid contact lenses for temporary vision correction.  To maintain the correction, patients must keep wearing the lenses.

After an evaluation, ophthalmologists sometimes recommend refractive surgery for patients who want to avoid depending upon eyeglasses or contact lenses.  Procedures commonly used include LASIK, LASEK, PRK, and Epi-LASIK.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Eye Doctor in Kissimmee

The entire staff in our Eye Care Specialists of Florida office cares about you, not just your eyes.  Our eye doctor in Kissimmee, Dr. Saira Choudhri, provides comprehensive eye care for the entire family in the Kissimmee and Hunters Creek area.  Call us today at (407) 483-0328 to schedule an eye exam utilizing our technically advanced equipment and procedures.

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