A cornea is typically shaped like a smooth, round baseball. In some patients, the cornea looks more like a football, which is called corneal astigmatism. Sometimes, astigmatism may also occur if the patient has an irregular curvature of the lens (lenticular astigmatism). With both of these conditions, because of the shape of the cornea or lens, it prevents light from properly reaching and focusing on the retina. This creates blurry vision and may be associated with other very common eye conditions, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, or both. Astigmatism (regular astigmatism) is genetically inherited or happens because of trauma or diseases (irregular astigmatism). If you have astigmatism and you don’t seek treatment, you may experience common symptoms associated with the condition, such as migraines, headaches, tired eyes, or pain located near the eye muscles.
Luckily, we can easily treat the condition, and once diagnosed, you'll have better vision and live more comfortably. At Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley in San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, CA, our excellent team of optometrists and ophthalmologists have years of experience diagnosing and treating astigmatism. We provide a variety of services to reduce the symptoms associated with astigmatism and to enhance your vision. For a comprehensive eye exam, please schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Encino or West Hills. We proudly offer excellent treatments and patient-centered care.
"I found Dr. Elkins on Yelp and he had such great reviews that I just had to get a consultation for lasik surgery. Once I met him I felt very comfortable with him performing my surgery. I am 21 and he made sure to let me know that if my vision hadn't stopped changing then he wouldn't perform he surgery. That let me know that he was a great doctor and wouldn't just perform the surgery to anyone that came in. I got my surgery in February and I am so happy with the results! Dr. Elkins and his team did a great job and made me feel comfortable the entire time. I had very bad astigmatisms and now they are completely gone. I would recommend anyone thinking about lasik to go see Dr. Elkins!"- C.R. / Yelp / Jul 14, 2016
"I found Dr. Elkins on Yelp and he had such great reviews that I just had to get a consultation for lasik surgery. Once I met him I felt very comfortable with him performing my surgery. I am 21 and he made sure to let me know that if my vision hadn’t stopped changing then he wouldn’t perform he surgery. That let me know that he was a great doctor and wouldn’t just perform the surgery to anyone that came in. I got my surgery in February and I am so happy with the results! Dr. Elkins and his team did a great job and made me feel comfortable the entire time. I had very bad astigmatisms and now they are completely gone. I would recommend anyone thinking about lasik to go see Dr. Elkins!"- C.R. / Yelp / Jul 14, 2016
"I believe Dr Elkins should be known as Saint Elkins. I was very near sighted with bad astigmatism. I went to Dr Elkins for evaluation of possible LASIK as I was tired of wearing contacts that constantly shifted in my eyes (due to my astigmatism), and I couldn’t tolerate wearing my very thick glasses for any extended period of time. I went to UCLA and was offered a complicated treatment option that was going to be about $12k. I declined and gave up my search. I was then told about Dr Elkins. After my initial evaluation (where he incidentally found a problem with my retina that was quickly corrected by one of his excellent colleagues- but that’s another story for another day), he stated that my case was complicated, but if I was set on LASIK he felt comfortable to proceed (though he did say there was a chance I would need another procedure for further correction). I agreed. One of the best decisions of my life. Prior to LASIK my best corrected vision was 20/60 in one eye and 20/40 in my other eye. After LASIK, my vision is now 20/20. No more dry eyes from contact lens use. No more thick glasses. And that is why Dr Elkins has been elevated to Sainthood (the miracle performing part, if my long winded post wasn’t clear enough)."- G.F. / Yelp / Sep 11, 2020
"First Time it was terrific and they took time to try to find lenses I could wear with astigmatism. Was there two hours but understandable"- H.B. / Demandforce / Oct 26, 2021
"Very polite and responsive stuff. Professional. Everyone is alert, no waits, no-nonsense. This was refreshing for an office that large ( they have several doctors). I was seen by Dr. Karlin, who was very sociable, energetic, and receptive. Responded to every concern I had, didn't sell me anything. They ran full tests on my eyes to make sure I don't have any hidden issues. I have some astigmatism which I rather not wear glasses for, so he just told me I didn't have to for now, if I feel comfortable without."- A. / Demandforce / Jun 25, 2022
Astigmatisms can cause eye strain or potential headaches after reading, watching television, or using your electronic device for an extended amount of time. You may also experience other symptoms, including blurriness, double vision, distortions, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. Sometimes, a child may have impaired vision that is associated with astigmatism and instead, is misdiagnosed as a learning disability. Please schedule an appointment if you think you or your child are having trouble seeing clearly or are experiencing any of these symptoms. We can provide a proper diagnosis and create an effective treatment plan.
Astigmatism happens when the cornea or the lens of the eye has more than one curve. Normally, these curvatures should have a round shape, like a soccer ball; however, with astigmatism, the cornea or lens has an egg or football shape. Generally, most people have a genetic predisposition for astigmatism, but it may also develop because of surgery, trauma, or disease. You can also develop it by sitting too close to the TV or by reading in inadequate light. If your eye is shaped differently, it causes the light rays to refract incorrectly on the retina.
At Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, CA, we offer excellent treatment options to help improve eyesight issues caused by astigmatism. Patients can select from prescription eyeglasses, contacts, or laser vision correction surgery. Our skilled group of optometrists and ophthalmologists have years of experience diagnosing and providing treatment plans that work best for you. In some cases, patients may prefer long-term solutions, including PRK or LASIK surgery, to improve eyesight and stop the need for contacts and glasses. If you want to learn more about these surgeries, we can help you schedule a consultation with our expert ophthalmologists to assess if you are a good candidate.
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At Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, CA, our team is proud to offer excellent diagnostic tests, a caring staff, and advanced treatment options to help manage the symptoms caused by astigmatism. If you experience eye strain, tension headaches, or you have trouble seeing clearly, you might have astigmatism. For a comprehensive eye exam or assessment, please schedule an appointment at one of our offices in Encino or West Hills.