Astigmatism Specialist

Specs Appeal

Optometry located in St. George, UT & Mesquite, NV

An estimated one in three people have some degree of astigmatism that blurs their vision. At Specs Appeal, experienced optometrists Chad Waggoner, OD, and Reed Gibb, OD, offer comprehensive eye exams to confirm astigmatism in adults and children. They also offer a wide range of corrective contact lenses and designer eyeglasses in-office to improve your vision so that you can see clearly again. Call the office in St. George, Utah, today to schedule an eye exam, or book an appointment online.

Astigmatism Q & A

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is an imperfection in the curvature of your eye’s lens (cornea). Typically, the shape of the cornea is round, like a basketball. In astigmatism, it looks more like a football’s oval shape.

In a healthy cornea, the lens helps focus light rays on the retina at the back of your eye to help you see clearly. The retina is a layer of cells that sense light and send signals to your brain to help you see. If the lens curves, the light won’t bend properly, and your vision will be blurry or distorted.

Astigmatism is a type of refractive error. It’s common to have other refractive errors like nearsightedness or farsightedness along with astigmatism.

Nearsightedness (myopia)

Nearsightedness occurs when your eye doesn’t focus light rays properly on the retina and distorts objects you see at a distance.

Farsightedness (hyperopia)

Farsightedness also occurs when light entering your eye doesn’t hit the retina properly. You can see faraway objects clearly with this condition, but your up-close vision is blurry.

When should I seek treatment for astigmatism?

There’s no apparent reason why astigmatism affects some people and not others. You may be at a higher risk if you have a family history of astigmatism or if you have an eye injury, eye disease, or eye surgery.

You should schedule an eye exam at Specs Appeal if you have any changes in your visions or eye health. Adults may notice they often have to squint to see clearly. Other symptoms of astigmatism can include:

  • Distorted vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Eye strain
  • Headaches
  • Eye discomfort

Young children with astigmatism may not be able to describe their symptoms. However, they may have difficulties in school or often squint when reading or playing. A comprehensive eye exam is the only way to confirm astigmatism or other refractive errors that affect their vision.

How is astigmatism treated?

To correct your astigmatism and clear your vision, Dr. Gibb and Dr. Waggoner offer both prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses.

There are several types of contact lenses, including rigid gas permeable (GP) and soft, toric lenses that help change the shape of your cornea to improve your vision. The providers can discuss which corrective method is the right fit for you during your eye exam.

You should schedule regular eye exams at Specs Appeal to monitor the progression of your astigmatism and get updates to your prescription glasses or contacts as needed.

Call the Specs Appeal office nearest to you today to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for astigmatism or book a consultation online.