Astigmatism Specialist

Fry Eye Associates -  - Ophthalmology

Fry Eye Associates

Ophthalmology & Eye Surgery Center located in Garden City, KS

If you have blurry or distorted vision or trouble seeing clearly at night, you might have astigmatism. The dedicated ophthalmologists at Fry Eye Associates provide state-of-the-art surgical treatment for astigmatism in Garden City, Kansas. Improve your vision today and schedule an appointment by calling or using the online booking tool.

Astigmatism Q & A

What is astigmatism?

Ideally, your eyeball should be shaped like a sphere to focus light correctly on your retina. In people with astigmatism, the clear front of the eye (the cornea) is irregularly shaped, or the curvature of the lens inside their eye isn’t correct.

These anatomical differences make it difficult for your eye to properly focus the light coming into it, which can make your vision blurry.  

Astigmatism is a refractive error, meaning that it’s an issue with how your eye refracts or bends light. Nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia), which frequently occur alongside astigmatism, are also considered refractive errors.

Do I have astigmatism?

Astigmatism can produce any of the following symptoms:

  • Vision that’s blurry or distorted
  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain

Astigmatism can also make it particularly difficult for you to see at night and can severely impede your ability to see clearly at a distance. Children with undiagnosed astigmatism can have a particularly difficult time performing in school and sports.

Some of these symptoms may have causes related to conditions other than astigmatism, so it’s crucial to have the team at Fry Eye Associates accurately diagnose you. 

What causes astigmatism?

Astigmatism is fairly common. While most people appear to be born with this condition, the exact cause is unclear.

Some people can develop astigmatism as the result of eye disease, eye injury, or surgery. In rare cases, a condition called keratoconus, which makes your cornea more thin and cone-shaped, can also lead to astigmatism.

It’s a popular misconception that sitting too close to the television or reading in low light can cause astigmatism — those are just myths. 

How do you treat astigmatism?

Fry Eye Associates treats astigmatism with state-of-the-art LASIK surgery. LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis and involves using an incredibly precise IntraLase laser to create a flap at the front of your eye and reshape your cornea so that it’s more spherical. The procedure only takes 15 minutes for both eyes and gives you immediately improved vision.

Fry Eye Associates also offers toric IOLs (intraocular lenses) to correct astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery. These artificial eye lenses replace natural lenses that have become clouded with cataracts. This option effectively treats your astigmatism and gives you clearer vision.

Schedule your visit with Fry Eye Associates by calling the office or booking an appointment online, and treat your astigmatism today.