If it’s getting harder to read because the print seems blurry, or if objects in the distance look wavy and are hard to see, you may have a common eye condition called astigmatism. Many people with mild astigmatism may not need glasses or contacts, but if your astigmatism is more pronounced, Dr. Diana Zabarko, optometrist at Avant Garde Vision Center is ready to correct your vision. If blurred vision is a problem, call the office in Wayne, New Jersey, or go online to schedule a checkup.
For ideal vision, your eyes should be perfectly round. Light coming into your eyes can then focus properly on the retina, producing normal vision.
Astigmatism occurs when the shape of your eye isn’t a round ball, but may be slightly odd-shaped, like a cone or a football. If the cornea is misshapen, the light doesn’t bounce off of the retina as it should, so it bends more in one direction than another, producing uneven focus and blurry vision. It’s a common imperfection, as many people have astigmatism. Astigmatism treatment involves vision correction through prescription glasses, contacts, or in extreme cases, surgery.
The main symptom is blurriness. You likely have astigmatism if your vision is blurry when you look at objects that are either near or far away, or both. If your astigmatism is more severe, you may have eyestrain or headaches and find yourself squinting in attempts to see clearly.
Children with astigmatism may not understand that their blurry vision isn’t normal, so all children should receive eye exams. Dr. Zabarko recommends adults see her every two years, as vision problems tend to develop slowly and may not be apparent in the early stages when they may be most effectively treated.
Dr. Zabarko treats eye astigmatism with either glasses or contact lenses, such as Acuvue Oasys. If you prefer contact lenses, and if your astigmatism is mild or moderate, she prescribes soft contact lenses.
If you have irregular astigmatism, which is more severe, you have a condition called keratoconus. Your cornea is no longer smooth; it’s misshapen. Dr. Zabarko uses special scleral lenses that rest on the outside of your eye and slide over the uneven shape of the cornea. If you’ve had LASIK surgery to correct a more severe case of astigmatism, you likely still need scleral lenses, and she ensures that they’re a perfect fit for your eyes.
Treating cases of high astigmatism is one of Dr. Zabarko’s specialties. She receives continuing education and training in this and other eye conditions regularly and provides the highest quality care in improving and restoring your vision.