Astigmatism Specialist

University Ophthalmology

Ophthalmologist located in Hyde Park, Chicago, IL

Your eyes are complex. Even a small irregularity, like a difference in the curvature of your cornea, can make a difference in your vision. But if you're living with astigmatism, don't worry. At University Ophthalmology they are available to provide you with the diagnosis and treatment you need to see clearly. Call the office in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, or schedule an appointment with their team online.

Astigmatism Q & A

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is an irregularity in the shape of your cornea, or the front part of your eye that covers your iris and pupils. This transparent front portion of your eye is supposed to be spherical. When light enters your eye, it passes through the spherical cornea. This allows your eye to focus the light, refracting it so you can get a clear image of the thing at which you're looking. 

But in people with astigmatism, this process doesn't always work the way it should. And that's because astigmatism (irregular curvature of the cornea) prevents the eye from focusing light properly. When your cornea is more ovular that spherical, your eye struggles to refract light so you can clearly see. As a result, the symptoms of astigmatism are:

  • Blurry vision at a distance
  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Eye fatigue

If you experience any of these symptoms, don't hesitate to make an appointment at University Ophthalmology. With a quick and painless eye exam, they are able to diagnose astigmatism. 

Who gets astigmatism?

While astigmatism can develop and change later in life, it's often present from birth. Because this eye issue can affect people of all ages, it's important for school-aged children to get regular eye exams. This way, their eye doctor can diagnose astigmatism early to ensure they're able to see clearly as they navigate school, sports, and any other activities. 

Astigmatism can appear alongside other vision issues, like nearsightedness and farsightedness, but it can also be present in people with no other refractive issues. If you notice some things look blurry for you or your eyes feel tired, talk to University Ophthalmology about what you're feeling. With proper treatment, you get clearer vision, fewer headaches, and an overall improved quality of life.

Are there treatment options for astigmatism?

Absolutely. In fact, at University Ophthalmology, patients have a variety of treatment options. 

Many patients choose to get toric lenses. These are either contacts or glasses that help the eye properly focus light through the cornea, clearing up their vision. 

But if you'd like a more permanent solution to your blurry vision, University Ophthalmology also offers refractive surgery. This personalized procedure corrects the shape of your cornea, eliminating your astigmatism. 

To get astigmatism diagnosis and treatment and unlock clearer vision, call University Ophthalmology or schedule your appointment online today.