Here at our Outer Mission optometrist’s office, one of the most common issues that Dr. Edward Soss diagnoses and treats in patients in astigmatism. Astigmatism is a condition that is characterized by an irregular curvature of the cornea. It is a considered a refractive error, just like nearsightedness and farsightedness are refractive errors. Everyone has astigmatism to some degree, but some people have it worse than others. For more significant cases of astigmatism, treatment from a professional like our Outer Mission optometrist might be necessary in order to help you to see clearly. Our eyes are naturally shaped like spheres, which is what allows light to refract evenly and provide a clear view of whatever is being looked at. For someone with astigmatism, one or both of their eyes is not perfectly spherical, and so light does not refract evenly. If the refraction is too uneven, the person’s vision can be affected. Astigmatism is hereditary and is typically present at birth. Some other causes of astigmatism include pressure from the eyelids onto the cornea, incorrect posture, or frequent use of the eyes for close work. Some symptoms of astigmatism to look out for include: headaches, fatigue, eye strain, and blurry vision for both close-up and distance vision. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with our Outer Mission optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam. This basic exam can help Dr. Soss confirm a diagnosis of astigmatism. Fortunately, the condition can easily be corrected with the use of eyeglasses or contact lenses. Some people also opt for refractive surgery as their treatment option of choice.
If you would like to learn more about your eye health and the related services that our Outer Mission optometrist has to offer, we highly recommend that you pay a visit to Dr. Soss’ main website to read through some additional information that you might find useful. If you have any specific questions or concerns that you would like to discuss with a member of our staff, we hope you will not hesitate to contact us for assistance. Dr. Soss and the rest of our staff look forward to working with you here at our office soon.