Astigmatism Specialist

C. Gene Wilkins, O.D. -  - Optometrist

C. Gene Wilkins, O.D.

Optometrist located in Los Alamitos, CA

Astigmatism is a common condition that causes blurry, distorted vision both up close and far away. At his practice in Cypress, California, Dr. C. Gene Wilkins, Optometrist, provides comprehensive eye exams and vision correction options so you can see clearly, even if you have astigmatism in both eyes. To learn more about correcting vision problems that stem from astigmatism and other refractive disorders, call the friendly team at Dr. Wilkins’ office to schedule an appointment or book one online.

Astigmatism Q & A

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism occurs when your cornea — the clear front cover of your eye — is irregularly shaped. Astigmatism can also occur if the curvature of your eye’s lens is not shaped correctly. When your eye is irregularly shaped, it prevents light from focusing properly on your retina — the light-sensitive surface at the back of your eyeball.

Astigmatism is considered to be a refractive disorder since your eye is unable to focus light properly so you can see clearly. Often, if you have astigmatism, you also have myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness).

What causes astigmatism?

Astigmatism is most likely a hereditary condition, so if you come from a family of people with astigmatisms, you have a higher chance of developing the condition. Additionally, it’s possible that astigmatism can develop after an eye injury, eye disease, or vision surgery. However, it can’t occur over time as a result of reading without enough light or sitting too close to the TV.

What are the symptoms of astigmatism?

Since astigmatism often occurs with other refractive disorders, without a professional eye exam, it’s hard to know if your symptoms are only due to astigmatism or they’re also the result of another vision impairment. If you have any of the following symptoms, Dr. Wilkins can accurately diagnose the underlying cause so you can get the vision correction you need to see as clearly as possible:

  • Eyestrain
  • Headaches
  • Blurry or distorted vision
  • Squinting to see clearly
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • General eye discomfort

If any of these symptoms make it difficult for you to participate in daily activities such as driving a car or performing tasks at work, it’s time to schedule an eye exam. During your exam, Dr. Wilkins determines if astigmatism is the reason for your vision problems or if another disorder is responsible – or a combination of issues — so he can prescribe an effective eyeglass or contact lens prescription.

Fortunately, for most people, astigmatism is easily corrected with a pair of prescription glasses or contacts. Additionally, you can explore the possibilities of LASIK surgery to correct astigmatism, so you don’t have to depend on glasses or contacts.

If it’s been more than a year since your last eye exam, or you’re experiencing changes in vision as you get older, call the office to schedule a consultation. You can also use the convenient online booking tool.