Astigmatism Specialist

Eye Care Solutions

Vishal Patel, OD

Optometrist located in Milton, GA

Eye discomfort, headaches, and blurred vision may be affected by an irregularly shaped cornea or astigmatism. Experienced optometrist Dr. Vishal Patel provides diagnosis and treatment for astigmatism that corrects your vision and associated symptoms. If you live in Milton, Georgia, or the surrounding area, call his office, Eye Care Solutions, or book online to get treatment for astigmatism.

Astigmatism Q & A

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is common and occurs when your cornea or the curvature of the lens are irregular. This condition prevents light from entering and targeting the retina, located at the back of the eye. You end up with blurred vision at all distances.

Slight astigmatism is present in most people and doesn’t require treatment. But, astigmatism can be a problem if it’s severe or is present along with nearsightedness and farsightedness. Astigmatism can be hereditary or due to excessive eye rubbing and can increase or decrease as you age.

What are the symptoms of astigmatism?

Overall poor, blurred, or distorted vision is only one symptom of astigmatism. You may also experience headaches and eye strain due to the difficulty you have seeing and focusing. These symptoms may be most present after you’ve stared at something for a long time, such as a book or computer screen. Uncorrected astigmatism may cause you to squint in an attempt to see more clearly.

How is astigmatism diagnosed?

Dr. Patel can identify astigmatism during a comprehensive optometric exam. An automated machine shines light into your eye to determine the way it refracts against your retina and the degree to which you experience astigmatism.

How is astigmatism treated?

Astigmatism is often treated with corrective lenses or refractive surgery.

One way to fix astigmatism is eyeglasses or contact lenses. Both can correct the way light enters your eye and clear up your vision.

Another way to correct astigmatism is a corneal procedure called orthokeratology. During this treatment plan, you wear specially designed, rigid contact lenses that reshape the cornea over time. As your cornea reshapes, you’re fitted with a new set of lenses to improve your vision progressively.

Refractive surgery, including LASIK, can usually correct astigmatism, too. During this surgery, a laser removes a small amount of eye tissue to reshape the curvature of the cornea.

Dr. Patel works with you to determine what treatment is best for your degree of astigmatism, lifestyle, and goals.  

If you have blurred vision at all distances, call Eye Care Solutions or book an appointment online to get a screening for astigmatism.