Eye Conditions and Treatment

Astigmatism is treated in the Contact Lens Service and the Comprehensive Ophthalmology Faculty Practice


Astigmatism is characterized by an irregular curvature of the cornea. It is a condition in which objects, both near and distant, appear blurred. The cornea and lens of the eye should be spherical. However, the eye of a person with astigmatism is shaped more like a football or the back of a spoon. Astigmatism occurs in nearly everybody to some degree. For significant curvature, treatment is required.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Blurred vision of near and distant objects
  • Eyestrain and fatigue

Treatment and Prevention

  • Eyeglasses
  • Contact lenses
  • Incisional refractive surgery or laser vision correction procedures