Family Eye Care & Mavor Optical

Doctors Of Optometry

Dr. Craig K. Small     37 Herschel Street,  Caribou, Maine 04736  (207) 496-5111         491 Main Street  Presque Isle, Maine 04769  (207) 764-5111

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Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a common eye condition that is easily corrected by eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery.


A person's eye is naturally shaped like a sphere.  Under normal circumstances, when light enters the eye, it refracts, or bends, evenly, creating a clear view of the object.  However, the eye of a person with astigmatism is shaped more like a football.  For this person, when light enters the eye it is refracted more in one direction or the other, allowing only part of the object to be in focus at one time.  Objects at any distance can appear blurry or wavy.


Astigmatism occurs in nearly everybody to some degree.  For vision problems due to astigmatism, glasses, contact lenses, and even vision correction are all possible treatment options.