Astigmatism is caused when the eye is not completely round. It is a very common eye condition (nearly everyone suffers from it to some degree). It is a refractive error in the eye causing the light to be improperly focused on the retina resulting in a blurry or wavy image. Astigmatism is easily detected during a comprehensive eye exam.
The most common treatment for astigmatism is corrective lenses, either with glasses or contacts, though individuals with minor astigmatism often do not need corrective eyeware. There is another option as well – refractive surgery. Through the use of lasers, the shape of the cornea is altered to allow the light to be properly focused on the retina.
There are several types of refractive surgery available to fit the needs of the individual, though a consultation and comprehensive eye exam are needed before any surgery can be recommended. The doctors at Palm Beach Medical Center are available to answer any questions you may have regarding treatment for astigmatism.