The eyeball is supposed to be perfectly round, but when it isn’t, it is called astigmatism. The condition is due to an improper curvature of the cornea, which is the front of the eye, or the lens, which is found inside the eye. When either or both of these structures isn’t correctly shaped, light passing through the eye onto the cornea at the back of the eye, will not produce a sharp image.

Astigmatism is a fairly common disorder. Many people are born with it, but it can also be caused by an injury to the eye, an eye disease, or after eye surgery. A thorough eye exam performed by an eye doctor will be able to diagnose if it is present and how severe it is.

Symptoms of astigmatism include:

  • Eyestrain
  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Frequent squinting

Astigmatism is treated by prescribing eyeglasses or contact lenses. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary. If you would like to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor at Flushing Hospital, please call 718-670-5486.

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