How Astigmatism Changes Your Eye Health Needs

You may have heard of astigmatism, but you may not know what it exactly is. And when you consider that about 285 million people worldwide have a vision problem and that one-third of the population experiences astigmatism, it makes sense that you’d want to get your vision checked out by a professional. 


Here at our offices in Frankfort and Bourbonnais, Illinois, Dr. Nicholas Rutkowski and his expert team are dedicated to your eye health. We want to make sure that your vision is functioning optimally and that you’re aware of any issues with your vision that you may have. That’s why we’ve compiled this helpful guide to astigmatism.   

What astigmatism is

Astigmatism is a defect in your eye. Usually, our eyes are round in shape, but with astigmatism, your eye is more football-shaped in appearance. 


Because the shape of your eye is off, light doesn’t enter your eyes properly, making objects seem blurry and your vision distorted. You may also experience headaches, fatigue in your eyes, and trouble seeing at night.  


With astigmatism, you may not even know you have the condition. Adults with significant astigmatism may notice that their vision is distorted, but children often don’t. So, it’s important to get your eyes checked. 

Risk factors for astigmatism

While astigmatism is very common, doctors still don’t know what the exact causes are. However, it is believed that there is a hereditary component, so if one of your parents has it, there is a higher chance that you may develop it as well. Additionally, things like an injury to your eye, surgery, or disease can lead to astigmatism. 


It is possible to also confuse computer vision syndrome with astigmatism. Computer syndrome is a condition where your eyes become blurry from staring at a smartphone, computer, or tablet screen for prolonged periods of time. 

How we treat astigmatism 

When it comes to astigmatism, you have a couple of different options for treatment. You can opt for glasses or contact lenses to treat blurry vision. You may also want to choose LASIK surgery. We use only the latest in LASIK technology, with the innovative IntraLase™ system, which uses a laser instead of a blade for better safety and effectiveness.  

Don’t let your vision get worse. If you think you may have astigmatism and want to get your eyes checked, call us to schedule an appointment at one of our two convenient locations today.

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