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Astigmatism Specialist

Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center

Board Certified Ophthalmologist & Surgeon located in Glenview, IL & Chicago, IL

Do you have blurry vision? You may be one of the 30% of people who have astigmatism. It affects children and adults and, because your eyes change shape as you age, can occur at any point in your lifetime. The expert team at Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center in Glenview and Chicago, Illinois, performs comprehensive eye exams to help diagnose and treat astigmatism. Make an appointment through the website or call the practice to book over the phone.

Astigmatism Q & A

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism occurs when your eye isn’t completely round. Everyone has it to some degree, but about one-third of the population has it to such an extent that it affects vision.

A perfectly round eyeball bends light evenly, so you get clear vision. When you have astigmatism, your eye is football-shaped, which makes the light turn unevenly, so not everything you see is in focus.

Astigmatism often accompanies farsightedness (hyperopia) and nearsightedness (myopia). The team at Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center diagnoses astigmatism using a refraction assessment.

What are the symptoms of astigmatism?

Astigmatism tends to become an issue only when it’s so advanced that it affects your daily life. Symptoms can include blurred vision, eyestrain, headaches, and trouble seeing at night.

You can have astigmatism and not know anything’s wrong if your symptoms are mild. And children may not realize anything’s wrong at all, even if their condition is severe if all they’ve known is blurred vision. So, it’s important that you schedule regular eye exams.

What causes astigmatism?

Contrary to popular belief, astigmatism isn’t something you can get from watching too much TV or reading in low light. Most people are born with it, or you may develop it as a result of eye disease, eye injury, or eye surgery.

How do you treat astigmatism?

Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center offers various vision correction options to treat astigmatism, depending on your sight prescription, the type of sight issues you have, and your personal preference. They may include:

Contact lenses

To address the football shape of an eye with astigmatism, eye professionals developed a soft contact lens called a toric lens that fits the eyeball. If you prefer rigid lenses, gas-permeable contact lenses keep their shape, which makes them a popular choice among people with astigmatism.


Eyeglasses are the most popular choice for people with astigmatism. They contain a special lens prescription that corrects astigmatic vision.

Laser eye surgery

Your ophthalmologist at Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center may suggest laser eye surgery to correct the shape of the cornea. It’s a permanent treatment but is only suitable if your eyesight has remained stable for at least two years.

Blurry vision needn’t become a way of life. The experienced team at Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center helps you find the perfect vision correction solution for your needs. Call the practice today to schedule a consultation or book online.