Robert Ancona, OD
Optometrist located in Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY
When you can’t see clearly, astigmatism could be the cause. This common vision problem makes it hard to see things that are up close or far away, making everyday tasks difficult or even impossible to do. At Eyedrop Optique in Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York, Robert Ancona, OD, provides diagnosis and treatment of adults and children who have astigmatism. Call the office or book online for a consultation about astigmatism.
Astigmatism Q & A
What are the signs of astigmatism?
If you have a mild case of astigmatism, you might not have any noticeable symptoms. Otherwise, you might experience any of the following symptoms:
- Blurry vision at any distance
- Headaches brought on by eyestrain
- Trouble driving after dark
If you’ve been experiencing any symptoms of astigmatism, the team at Eyedrop Optique can check your eyes for this condition and recommend treatment to correct it.
What causes astigmatism?
The cornea in each of your eyes bends light toward your retina, which is supposed to allow you to see clearly. When you have astigmatism, the curvature of your corneas isn’t as even or as rounded as they should be, resulting in blurry or distorted images.
You can develop astigmatism at any age, although it might take a while to notice the symptoms. If you have a mild case of astigmatism, you might not notice any changes in your vision. If your condition further deteriorates, Dr. Ancona can provide you with treatment so you can see clearly again.
How do you diagnose astigmatism?
Dr. Ancona can do a comprehensive eye exam that includes dilation to check your eyes for astigmatism if you have signs of this condition. That means you’ll have your pupils dilated or enlarged for a short period. This allows Dr. Ancona to see inside your eyes and check the curvature of your corneas.
The effects of dilation last for a few hours, so keep in mind that you might need to have someone drive you home afterward if you’re not comfortable doing so. You should also bring sunglasses to protect your eyes from temporary light sensitivity.
How do you treat astigmatism?
The type of treatment you’ll receive depends on your lifestyle and your personal preferences. You can wear eyeglasses to correct astigmatism or you can opt for contact lenses. Dr. Ancona can provide you with contact lenses that are specifically fitted to your eyes.
If you need treatment for astigmatism, please call or book your appointment online today with Eyedrop Optique.