If you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or both, you have some degree of astigmatism. Since this refractive error can make tasks like reading and driving difficult, it is important to seek treatment. At Dr. Steven Lutz & Associates in Ann Arbor, MI, our optometrists offer comprehensive eye exams to diagnose astigmatism and treatment that will help you see clearly.

What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism occurs when your cornea or the lens in your eye is irregularly shaped. There are two types of astigmatism: horizontal and vertical. In order to understand the difference between the two, think of the eye as a beach ball. In those with horizontal astigmatism, the eye is wider than it is tall, such as a football on its end. However, in those with vertical astigmatism, the eye is taller than it is wide, as if a football was laying on its side.

Many people who have astigmatism are unaware of the condition until it is detected by an eye care professional. In addition to blurry vision, those who have astigmatism may experience headaches and eye strain. Not only that, but you may also notice that it’s easier to see objects when you squint.

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Treatment for Astigmatism

There are treatments available for astigmatism. For instance, LASIK surgery can help change the shape of your eye and allow you to see clearly. However, if you want to avoid surgery, glasses and contacts can also provide the vision correction that you need. If you contact lenses, you may need contacts that are specifically designed for your condition, since standard may not properly stay on the surface of your eye.

Contact us for an Appointment Today

If you are experiencing any symptoms of astigmatism, our team at Dr. Steven Lutz & Associates in Ann Arbor, MI, is happy to help. After an eye exam, we can develop a customized treatment plan that can reduce your symptoms and provide you with a sharper vision. To learn more about our treatments and to schedule your appointment, call us at (734) 769-2909. When you’re seeking an optometrist near me, we are ready to assist you!