A “normal” cornea is spherical, or like a baseball, whereas an astigmatic cornea is shaped more oblong, like a football.  This abnormal curvature of the cornea causes light to focus on two different points on the back of your eye.  This is because, like a football, and astigmatic cornea has a steeper curve and a flatter one.  Because light rays do not achieve a single point of focus, patients can experience blurry vision, eye strain, or even headaches if your astigmatism is not addressed. Most people that have astigmatism are born with the condition. Typically, astigmatism usually accompanies other eye conditions, like nearsightedness.

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Most adults that have astigmatism will notice their compromised vision, but children that have an astigmatism are unlikely to notice that their vision is blurry. This highlights the importance of pediatric eye exams, as poor vision in children can directly impact school work and in other activities like sports. Annual pediatric eye exams are the best way to detect changes in your child’s vision, before it can impact school work or extracurricular activities. There are both surgical and non-surgical treatment options for astigmatism. At Benjamin Eye Institute, we offer all of these options for individuals that are struggling with astigmatism.

Non-surgical treatment options for astigmatism include:

Surgical options for astigmatism include:


Continue reading to learn more about treatment for other eye conditions, such as dry eye at Benjamin Eye Institute. Contact Benjamin Eye Institute today to schedule at consultation with Dr. Benjamin to discuss treatment for your astigmatism. Contact us at 310.507.7988.

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