Astigmatism: "Have I got rugby ball shaped eyes?"

Astigmatism refers to the curvature of your cornea. You don’t really have eyes which look like rugby balls.

But to help you better understand astigmatism, imagine cutting a rugby ball in half from tip to tip & placing the flat side of the cut ball on the ground. There are 2 curves, the long one from the one tip to the other tip. The other is “across” the narrower side of the ball. The “tip to tip” curve is flatter than the “across” the ball curve. The difference between the 2 curves is your astigmatism. 

Almost everyone has some astigmatism & it often occurs with myopia or hyperopia.

Astigmatism explained in 20 seconds

Astigmatism: The problem & the treatment

Astigmatism causes blurred vision for near & distant objects. Glasses with astigmatism correction have to be “spot on” & a new pair of glasses can be difficult to get used to. Correcting astigmatism with contact lenses can be difficult because the lenses change position as you blink, changing your focus with each blink.

Astigmatism can be treated with laser eye surgery or intraocular lens exchange. The laser gently reshapes the cornea into a sphere (like a football shape) & a lens implant compensates for the oval shape.

Do you suffer from Astigmatism?

Mark Wevill is an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) & eye surgeon who has specialised in doing laser & lens vision correction. He has been correcting vision in eye clinics in Birmingham & the West Midlands since 2002. Don’t put-off treatment, contact us today & arrange an obligation-free consultation with Mark. The price of correcting your Astigmatism depends on the treatment that’s best for you & we’ll do our utmost to find an affordable way for you to discover what you’ve been missing.

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