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Girl Abstract Colorful Hair. Astigmatism causes blurry vision and can make driving and other tasks difficult

Astigmatism: Causes and Symptoms

Astigmatism is a very common eye condition that’s easily corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses and on some occasions, surgery.

Astigmatism is caused when your eye is not completely round. Because our bodies are not perfect, astigmatism occurs in nearly everybody to some degree but for some, not to the degree that it causes blurring. Your eye is naturally shaped like a sphere. Under normal circumstances, when light enters the eye, it bends evenly, creating a clear picture on the back of your eye. In a person with astigmatism, their eye is shaped more like a football and light entering the eye is bent more in one direction than the other. This causes only part of the picture to be in focus at any given time. Objects at any distance can appear blurry and wavy. For vision problems due to astigmatism, glasses or contact lenses, and sometimes even vision correction surgery are all possible treatments.

People with undetected astigmatism often have blurred vision which can be associated with fatigue and eyestrain. 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.

Our Eye Doctors Know Astigmatism!

Our eye doctors can diagnose astigmatism with a thorough eye exam. Astigmatism may occur in combination with other vision problems such as nearsightedness and farsightedness, or even dry eyes. Because astigmatism gets worse over times, visit our eye doctor whenever you notice changes in your vision.

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The CDC and the NC State Board of Optometry required all eyecare providers to close their practices on March 19 to help prevent the spread of the Covid 19 virus. We were ordered to stop providing any routine eye care services. We will provide emergency eye care such as treatment of corneal abrasions, foreign body removals and dilation of the eyes if you have symptoms of a retinal detachment. If you have an eye emergency, please call our office first. We will have a staff member at the office from 10:00 to 1:00 Monday thru Thrusday to answer the phones. If you unable to be triaged by staff during these hours, you can reach the after hours emergency number at 336 930 2870. Leave a message and your call will be returned shortly. Thank you for your patience. We are all eager to get back to work as soon as possible.