Astigmatism

Learn More About Astigmatism Care at Aurora

What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is an eye condition that can cause blurry or distorted vision. If your eye is not completely round, you have astigmatism. You can have astigmatism in one or both eyes. It’s such a common eye disorder that almost everyone has at least a slight astigmatism. However, not everyone will be bothered by it enough to need treatment.

How is Astigmatism Treated?

Astigmatism is most often treated, or corrected, with glasses or contact lenses. Some people also have surgery to correct their astigmatism.

Corrective lenses

Eyeglasses and contact lenses are the most common treatment, and both are considered corrective lenses. Two types of contact lenses can be used for astigmatism – soft toric lenses and gas permeable rigid lenses. Most eyeglasses can be fitted with lenses that will also correct astigmatism.

Surgery

Some people opt for refractive or laser eye surgery to correct astigmatism. At Aurora Health Care, our vision experts offer more than one type of refractive surgery. These surgeries can only be performed on healthy eyes, which means you cannot have any of the surgeries if you have eye disease, scars on your cornea or retinal problems.

During your eye exam, your ophthalmologist or optometrist will perform a variety of tests that will help him or her decide which treatment is right for you.

Lens implants

Ophthalmologists at Aurora sometimes use lens implants to correct astigmatism.

Why Choose Aurora Health Care For Your Eye Care Needs?

When it comes to caring for your eyes and vision, you want the best. And at Aurora, our ophthalmologists in Wisconsin and northern Illinois are dedicated to providing the best, most advanced eye care and treatments available today.

Because Aurora eye care experts work within the entire Aurora Health Care system, they can offer you so much more than simple vision care. At Aurora, you’ll get:

  • Expert care at any hour of the day – At Aurora, we have board-certified ophthalmologists on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to care for you if you have an eye emergency – even if it’s at 3 a.m.
  • Care focused on you – Every one of our ophthalmologists believes that involving patients in the decisions that affect them, making them a part of their health care team, and making sure they understand their condition and treatment options is the best way to deliver outstanding care. At Aurora, you can expect us to focus on you, delivering the best possible care for you.
  • Immediate access to referrals – Aurora Health Care offers hundreds of specialists under one roof, as part of one integrated health care team. Some eye conditions are signs of other conditions, such as diabetes, vascular disease and neurological issues. If your ophthalmologist sees evidence of other disease during your eye exam, he or she can make a referral to another specialist and get you an appointment right away.
  • Convenient care in multiple locations – Aurora has eye care specialists in a variety of locations across eastern Wisconsin. We have clinics, hospitals and surgery centers that offer the entire spectrum of eye care.
  • Care for infants through senior citizens – At Aurora, we have eye care ophthalmologists who specialize in eye care for both adults and children. Our pediatric ophthalmologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat eye conditions in children.
  • Innovation – You can expect innovative treatments using the latest advancements in technology, including:

How Do I Schedule a Consultation With an Ophthalmologist?

To schedule a consultation or appointment with an ophthalmologist at Aurora, call one of our ophthalmology offices directly. View the list of Aurora ophthalmologists.