Burnaby:

(604) 526-3937

Squamish:

(604) 390-3788

Prince Rupert:

(250) 627-8892

Astigmatism in Burnaby

Astigmatism in Squamish

Astigmatism

Astigmatism in Prince RupertAstigmatism is a common eye condition that is corrected by eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Astigmatism is characterized by unequal curvatures of the cornea. Astigmatism can occur in nearsighted, farsighted persons, or can be found alone , in all cases it results in blurry vision.

A person’s cornea is spherical in shape amd when light enters the eye, the cornea refracts or bends light creating a clear image of the object. However, the eye of a person with astigmatism is shaped more like a football or the back of a spoon. For this person, when light enters the eye it is refracted more by one curve than the other, resulting in a blurry image.

What Causes Astigmatism?

Astigmatism can be hereditary and is often present at birth but can change with age and growth.

What Are the Symptoms of Astigmatism?

People with undetected astigmatism often experience headaches, fatigue, eyestrain, and blurred vision at all distances. While these symptoms may not necessarily be the result of astigmatism, you should schedule an eye exam if you are experiencing one or more symptoms.

How Are Astigmatisms Diagnosed?

Your optometrist can diagnose astigmatism with a thorough eye exam. Astigmatism may occur with other refractive errors such as myopia ( nearsightedness) and hyperopia ( farsightedness). Unfortunately, astigmatism often goes undetected in school-age children, and is another reason children should have regular eye examination from a eyecare professional.

How Are Astigmatisms Treated?

Almost all degrees of astigmatism can be corrected with properly prescribed eyeglasses or contact lenses.

  • Corrective lenses (eyeglasses or contact lenses).
    For astigmatism, special corrective lenses called toric lenses are prescribed. Toric lenses have greater light bending power in one direction than the other. After performing various tests, your eye doctor will determine the ideal toric lens prescription for your astigmatism.
  • Refractive surgery.
    Another method for correcting astigmatism is by changing the shape of the cornea through refractive or laser eye surgery. While there is more than one type of refractive surgery, specific treatments are recommended on an individual basis.

Burnaby Office

#102-7885 6th Street
Burnaby, BC V3N 3N4
Phone: (604) 526-3937

Monday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Friday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:30am - 4:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Squamish Office

40388 Tantalus Road
Squamish, BC V0N 1T0
Phone: (604) 390-3788

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00am - 5:00pm closed 1:30-2:00
Wednesday: 10:00am - 5:00pm closed 1:30-2:00
Thursday: 10:00am - 5:00pm closed 1:30-2:00
Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm closed 1:30-2:00
Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Prince Rupert Office

639 2nd Ave West
Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1H1
Phone: (250) 627-8892

Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm closed 1:00-2:00
Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm closed 1:00-2:00
Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm closed 1:00-2:00
Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm closed 1:00-2:00
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm closed 1:00-2:00
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed