Astigmatism is a common condition and can be corrected easily by a qualified eye doctor. Dr. Christian provides astigmatism treatment in Los Angeles and Santa Monica at his new, state-of-the-art facility every day.
To understand astigmatism treatment, you must first understand how the eye works.
The operation of the eye
The eye works much the same way as a camera lens focuses light to create an image on film. Light enters the eye from outside to the cornea, the cornea focuses the light to create an image on the retina and the retina sends this information through the optic nerve to the brain.
What is astigmatism?
It is a common misconception that astigmatism is a disease—it is simply a condition in which light is distorted by the eye, causing blurry vision. More specifically, astigmatism is when the cornea is irregularly shaped. Instead of having a symmetrically round shape, it looks more like an oval or an ellipse.
This irregular shape of the cornea causes light entering the eye to become distorted, resulting in blurry images.
Types of Astigmatism
The three primary types of astigmatism are:
- Myopic astigmatism (nearsightedness)
- Hyperopic astigmatism (farsightedness)
- Mixed astigmatism (both near and farsightedness causing blurriness in general)
While a qualified ophthalmologist ultimately diagnoses astigmatism, we can help you with some symptoms. If you experience any of the below symptoms, it may be time to visit Dr. Christian for a thorough eye examination, allowing him to give you swift and effective relief:
- Distorted or blurred vision at any distance
- Difficulty driving at night
- Blurring of small print or difficulty reading
- Double vision.
If you have any of these symptoms, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Christian will perform a thorough eye exam to determine the correct course of action. If you’re seeking among the best astigmatism treatment Los Angeles and Santa Monica offer, we’re just around the corner.
Treatment for Astigmatism
Glasses, contact lenses
A common solution for astigmatism is contact lenses or glasses. These options have been around for years and, as you probably know, work fine. The obvious disadvantages to these are the maintenance involved and the fact that they do not actually correct the irregular curvature of the cornea.
LASIK surgery involves a precise surgical tool to create a thin, circular “flap” in the cornea. Dr. Christian then opens this flap to gain access to the underlying cornea. Once he has access, he performs exact and controlled removal of the corneal tissue with the use of a special laser. It reshapes the cornea and restores the power of focus, giving you crisp, sharp vision.
Following LASIK, the recovery time is very short. Most people resume their normal activities the very next day, and patients often notice their vision improving almost immediately.
From one of our patients
“I have been wearing glasses since the 6th grade and am legally blind. I have been wearing contacts for 9 years and can't even begin to explain the joy that came from opening my eyes this morning and having better than 20/20 vision. Dr. Christian is so genuine and comforting I was completely at ease during the whole procedure. The entire experience was truly amazing and I would go back to him again and again. He made the whole experience seem effortless which really put me at ease. He continued to keep me updated during the process letting me know everything was going perfectly. I wouldn't trust anyone else for this procedure.” D.P.
Schedule a consultation
If you have astigmatism or are experiencing one of the symptoms above, your next step is a consultation with Dr. Christian. During this time, he will perform any necessary exam to determine the best course of action to restore your eyesight. For years he has been delivering among the best astigmatism treatment Los Angeles & Santa Monica have to offer. Please call our office today to schedule a consultation.