Astigmatism Specialist

Diamond Vision Optometry

Optometry located in Pasadena, CA

If you have astigmatism it means your eyes have a problem with focusing light that can cause blurry vision both close-up and at a distance. The good news about astigmatism is that it doesn't have to cause serious problems if you get help from the skilled team at Diamond Vision Optometry in Pasadena, California. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Astigmatism Q & A

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a common eye problem that occurs when your eye can't properly focus light. If you have astigmatism, you have blurry vision at all distances. Astigmatism usually occurs alongside nearsightedness or farsightedness, but it can happen without any other vision issues.

What causes astigmatism?

The main reason for astigmatism is having oval-shaped corneas, as opposed to normal round ones. If you have oval corneas, you can't focus light on your retina correctly. The reason for irregularly-shaped corneas is often hereditary, but it can also occur if you've experienced corneal scarring.


In some cases, keratoconus, a condition that causes your cornea to thin out and bulge into a cone shape, can contribute to astigmatism.

What are the symptoms of astigmatism?

The symptoms of astigmatism can vary based on its severity. With very mild astigmatism, you might not notice any obvious symptoms. With mild to moderate astigmatism, you may experience eye fatigue, blurry vision, and headaches.

If you have severe astigmatism, you may have serious symptoms like pronounced vision blurring at all distances, severe chronic headaches, and eye pain due to strain.

How is astigmatism diagnosed?

During your regular eye checkup, the team at Diamond Vision Optometry look for signs of astigmatism. If you notice any symptoms of astigmatism between your regular checkups, call Diamond Vision Optometry to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

How is astigmatism treated?

The team at Diamond Vision Optometry customizes your treatment based on your needs. Treatment options include:

Eyeglasses or contact lenses

In many cases, a special prescription, either glasses or contact lenses, can correct astigmatism. Another option is special contact lenses.

Diamond Vision Optometry offers a number of brand options for both eyeglasses and contact lenses including:

  • Ray-Ban®
  • Persol
  • Swarovski
  • Ermenegildo Zegna
  • Serengeti
  • WOOW
  • Bollé
  • Lafont
  • Wiley X
  • Silhouette
  • Neubau
  • Fabulous Fanny's NYC
  • Varilux®
  • Transitions® Light Intelligent Lenses™
  • Shamir
  • Crizal

Diamond Vision Optometry also offers a number of contact lense brand options including:

  • Varilux®
  • Transitions® Light Intelligent Lenses™
  • Shamir
  • Crizal
  • Acuvue
  • Biotrue
  • Ultra
  • Purevision2 Toric
  • Air Optix
  • Freshlook Colorblends
  • Dailies
  • Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses (RGP)


With orthokeratology, rigid contact lenses reshape your cornea over time. Usually, you wear the lenses only at night, and this provides astigmatism symptom relief during the day. Orthokeratology is a continuing treatment, so if you quit wearing the special lenses your astigmatism may come back during the day.

LASIK or PRK surgery

If you're suffering from severe astigmatism you might need LASIK or PRK laser eye surgery to reshape your cornea. LASIK has a faster recovery time, but PRK offers a higher level of correction.

If you need astigmatism help, the team at Diamond Vision Optometry discusses the advantages and drawbacks of each treatment with you.

Call the office or schedule your appointment today to restore your vision.