What is Astigmatism?
A healthy cornea is shaped like a smooth, round ball. In some individuals, the cornea is abnormally shaped or curved like a football, which is known as called astigmatism. This is a very common condition that causes the cornea (the clear window over the front of your eye) or lens to bend light in the wrong direction so that it does not enter the retina correctly. Patients with astigmatism may have nearsightedness (myopic astigmatism), farsightedness (hyperopic astigmatism), or both (mixed astigmatism). Astigmatism is either an inherited condition, or occurs from an injury or disease. If you have symptoms of astigmatism, contact Kirk Eye Center in River Forest or Gurnee, IL to schedule an appointment for an eye exam. Our highly trained ocular care team has years of experience diagnosing and treating this condition.
"I had a very pleasant experience at the Kirk Eye Center. I had LASIK to correct very poor vision in both eyes and an astigmatism. Dr. Kirk was professional and did not push me into the surgery before he thought I was ready and a viable candidate. As a diabetic, there were further concerns/considerations with the procedure that Dr. Kirk was very aware of. I saw him over the course of a year before he decided it was the right time to do the surgery. Over that year, the office staff regularly checked in with me. My recovery from the surgery was easy and painless. Definitely recommend visiting the Kirk Eye Center if you are considering LASIK!"- E.M. / Google / May 28, 2019
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"I had refractive lens surgery to correct far sightedness and astigmatism at Kirk eye center, and have had a very good outcome. Scott Kirk performed the incision via laser surgery, and Kent placed the lens...I am very pleased and would recommend anyone interested in vision corrective surgery to consult with Drs. Kirk."- L.P. / Yelp / Mar 13, 2022
"Fantastic experience ordering my daughter’s first pair of glasses from the optical shop. Dr. Kent discovered her astigmatism after a thorough exam. He has a great demeanor with kids and immediately put her at ease. Highly recommend !"- E.D. / Google / Sep 19, 2021
What Are the Symptoms of ASTIGMATISM?
The most common symptoms of astigmatism are recurring headaches and eye strain (particularly after reading or looking at a screen), as well as blurry or distorted vision, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. In children, the visual impairments associated with astigmatism are sometimes mistaken for a learning disability. After an exam at Kirk Eye Center, we will be able to properly diagnose you or your child and provide the best vision correction options.
What Are the Causes of ASTIGMATISM?
Astigmatism occurs when the cornea or lens is not totally round but is shaped more like an egg or a football. This causes light to refract the wrong way onto the retina. Patients are typically born with a genetic predisposition to the condition, but it can also occur as a result of a disease or trauma.
How is ASTIGMATISM Treated?
During your appointment at Kirk Eye Center, we will review your medical history and perform a comprehensive eye examination to determine the type of astigmatism you have. We will also go over treatment choices to improve your eyesight, including eyeglasses and contacts. For patients who prefer a long-term solution without glasses or contacts, laser vision correction surgery (such as LASIK or PRK) may be an option if you are a candidate.
Attain Clearer Vision
If you have noticed problems seeing clearly, along with headaches and eye strain, you could have astigmatism. At Kirk Eye Center, our professional and experienced team offers testing and treatment options to improve your vision. We invite you to contact our office in River Forest or Gurnee, IL to learn more and schedule an eye exam.
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