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If your eyeball is not perfectly round, you have astigmatism. When light hits a perfectly round, "normal" eye, it is focused on the retina at the back of the eye evenly. When light hits an eye with astigmatism, it bends in more than one angle, which means that it hits the retina out of place. It is a common condition seen by our Burlington optometrist.
Many people are born with astigmatism and some people develop it later in life. A few cases of astigmatism are caused by eye injury or trauma, but this is relatively rare. Sometimes, a person will have astigmatism all of their life but not have problems until they also develop another type of vision problem.
The only real symptom of astigmatism is blurred vision. It may be blurred in such a way that objects in the distance look wavy, but it can be very hard to distinguish from nearsightedness by symptoms alone. The situation is complicated by the fact that many people have more than one type of refractive error.
If you have blurred vision, you should come see our eye doctor in Burlington. There can be a number of causes for blurred vision, and it requires a thorough eye exam to determine which problem you are experiencing. Our experienced Burlington optometrist will guide you through the process of determining if you have astigmatism, nearsightedness, or another eye condition.
The most common way to treat astigmatism is with glasses. This is a quick and easy way to improve your vision, and our Burlington eye doctor can set you up with a great pair. Some people choose laser surgery.
It used to be hard for people with astigmatism to find contact lenses, but the situation has improved greatly in recent years. Although they are still considered "hard-to-fit" contacts, lenses for people with astigmatism are widely available. Our Burlington eye doctor can fit you for either soft or hard contact lenses.
If you are having trouble with your vision, it is important that you visit an optometrist in Burlington quickly. Most cases of blurred vision are nothing to worry about, but more serious, much rarer, conditions should be ruled out. Patients who have already been diagnosed with astigmatism but are not happy with their current glasses or contacts are also encouraged to contact our eye doctor in Burlington at Chroma Optics. Contact us at (802) 497-1676 to schedule an appointment.