Crossroads Optometry

Optometry located in Torrance, CA

Astigmatism is common, affecting at least 33% of Americans today. If you have astigmatism, you most likely experience blurry vision — and that’s an easy fix at Crossroads Optometry in Torrance, California. Skilled optometrist Frank Scolinos, OD, leads a team of eye care professionals who can diagnose astigmatism and prescribe glasses or contact lenses to give you the sharpest vision. Book your eye exam by calling the office or scheduling online.

Astigmatism Q & A

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a vision disorder (refractive error) characterized by difficulty focusing. In an ideally shaped eye — something that’s actually quite rare — light focuses onto the retina perfectly, providing sharp vision. 

With astigmatism, the eye is longer — more oval than round. This causes focusing issues and leads to blurry vision along with other issues.

You can experience vision blurriness at any distance with astigmatism. Usually, astigmatism occurs alongside myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness). 

Astigmatism can occur at any age. Many adults experience either increasing or decreasing astigmatism shortly before they develop cataracts. 

What are the signs of astigmatism?

Symptoms can range from unnoticeable to prominent based on the degree of astigmatism. Common symptoms include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Headaches
  • Eye discomfort 
  • Squinting
  • Poor or decreased night vision

If any of these symptoms are disrupting your life in any way, it’s time to visit Crossroads Optometry for an eye exam, including an astigmatism assessment. 

How is astigmatism diagnosed?

Astigmatism diagnosis starts with an eye exam at Crossroads Optometry. A typical exam includes:

Visual acuity tests

Visual acuity tests, such as letter charts, show how well you can see at various distances.


Keratometry testing checks your corneal curvature.


A refraction exam checks how well your eyes focus light, which helps to determine your vision correction prescription. 

After these tests, you’re given a new prescription or other treatment recommendations to correct your astigmatism. 

How is astigmatism treated?

The most common treatments for mild to moderate astigmatism are contact lenses and glasses, which can also treat your nearsightedness or farsightedness. 

In some cases, you might need another type of treatment for moderate to severe astigmatism. Orthokeratology (ortho-k) lenses, hard contact lenses that you wear overnight, can help to temporarily change your eye shape enough to provide you with good vision during the day. 

For long-term correction of severe astigmatism, you might need refractive surgery like LASIK. Crossroads Optometry assesses your situation and helps you to decide which choice is best for your eye health and your lifestyle.

Astigmatism won’t interfere with your vision if you seek help from the eye care professionals at Crossroads Optometry. Click the online appointment scheduler or call the office to set up your visit today.

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