Astigmatism Specialist

Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. -  - Optometrist

Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates

Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D.


If you have astigmatism, you’re not alone. Most adults have some degree of this corneal curvature. Usually, mild astigmatism isn’t a major issue, but it definitely bears watching because it can grow bad enough to cause fuzzy vision and other frustrating issues. You can count on the eye care team at Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates in Frankfort and Bourbonnais, Illinois, for customized astigmatism diagnosis and treatment. Call now.

Astigmatism Q & A

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a refractive error that happens when your cornea is longer and more oval than it should be. This interferes with light focusing on your retina, the cells at the back of your eye that transform light into signals that go to your brain to become visual images. 

The ultimate result is that your vision becomes blurry at all distances. The degree of blurriness can vary from so mild that it’s not even noticeable to quite severe. 

In most cases, astigmatism happens alongside other refractive errors like myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness). It may increase over time, but in some cases, astigmatism stays stable and never really causes any major vision issues. 

What are the signs of astigmatism?

Blurry vision is the biggest indicator of astigmatism. Some other symptoms include:

  • Poor night vision
  • Eyestrain
  • Chronic headaches
  • Irritated eyes

Dr. Nicholas Rutkowski is a top eye doctor in Frankfort and Bourbonnais, Illinois and has extensive experience with astigmatisms. The symptoms of astigmatism can also be similar to those of other conditions, so it’s best to have a comprehensive eye exam at Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates for diagnosis and treatment, if needed.

How is astigmatism diagnosed?

There are several tests for astigmatism, including:

  • Visual acuity test using eye charts
  • Keratometry test to check corneal curvature
  • Refraction to see how well your eyes focus light

In most cases, astigmatism diagnosis happens during a regularly scheduled comprehensive eye exam.

What is the treatment for astigmatism?

In many situations, eyeglasses and contact lenses are both effective ways to correct astigmatism. In some situations, LASIK surgery could be an effective astigmatism solution.  

The Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates team recommends IntraLase™ surgery for LASIK because it’s a state-of-the-art evolution of traditional LASIK that uses a laser instead of a blade. 

If you’re looking for a permanent astigmatism solution, the Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates team can evaluate your overall eye health to determine whether you’re a good candidate for IntraLase or another type of refractive surgery. 

Astigmatism doesn’t have to make everything blurry if you get help from Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates. Call the office nearest you for Illinois astigmatism treatment now.