Astigmatism is an eye condition where the cornea or lens displays irregular curvature. As a result, light refracts improperly or imprecisely on the retina causing blurry vision depending on the distance. A large number of individuals live with mild astigmatisms because perfectly shaped eyes are exceptionally rare. Poor night vision, frequent eye strain, repeated squinting and excessive eye fatigue after viewing lit screens are all signals of possible astigmatism.
The irregularity is thought to be hereditary and is more frequently found in Hispanic and Asian populations. Today, optometry has several effective treatments for astigmatisms including refractive surgery and a full range of corrective lenses. If you think you have an astigmatism, schedule a standard eye examination.
Dr. Lampard graduated from optometry at Pacific University in Oregon in 1981. He and his wife Lorraine have three grown children, all born and raised in Red Deer. Tom enjoys cycling, curling, cross country and downhill skiing, and golfing. He also keeps busy volunteering for the United Way, has been a chairman of the Alberta College of Optometrists, and director of the Alberta Association of Optometrists.More Articles by Tom Lampard