Astigmatism is a very common refractive error that is determined by the shape of your cornea. It can be present at birth (regular astigmatism) or caused by trauma or disease (irregular astigmatism). When the cornea is oblong versus round (think football vs. basketball shape), it prevents light from properly focusing on the retina, causing blurred vision. When left untreated, astigmatism can lead to eye fatigue, squinting, pain behind the eye, headaches, and migraines. The team at ART Vision, led by board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Alison R. Tendler, is skilled to diagnose and treat astigmatism through a variety of proven and effective options that will address your symptoms and help you see with more clarity. In fact, astigmatism is one of her favorite eye conditions to treat. If you have been diagnosed with astigmatism or are experiencing symptoms that could be associated with the condition, schedule an appointment at our Sioux Falls, SD facility today for a comprehensive examination and discussion of your surgical vision correction options.
"Dr. Allison Tendler and the staff at Art Vision are THE BEST. Their approach to patient care is refreshing. They listen to me at every appointment. They discuss treatment options and are sincere in their concern for my eye health. Their facility is amazing. Everyone single member of the staff has taken the time to get to know me and greets me by name when I walk in. Dr. Tendler is an expert and has walked me through every step of the way. From someone who was scared to death of having anything done with my eyes to being given the gift of sight - Art Vision is a world class organization and we are lucky to have them here in Sioux Falls."- M.H. / Google / Feb 14, 2020
"I was very happy and well-pleased with the excellent job Dr. Tendler did on repairing my drooping eyelids. She is very caring and concerned about her patients. I enjoyed meeting her and am very happy with the work she did for me. Being able to see with wide open eyes, and no eyelashes blocking my vision is great. I didn't realize what a difference the surgery would make."- K.D. / Healthgrades / Apr 25, 2017
"Amazing Care! - Dr. Tendler was kind and considerate. She even called my home number after surgery to see how I was doing. I don't think anyone could find a more caring doctor or facility."- Anonymous / Vitals / Jun 16, 2016
"Dr. Alison Tendler gave me the gift of sight back! Without her help I would be completely blind today. For many years my sight was deteriorating. I had tried new eyeglasses with different prescriptions but noting seemed to help with my vision issues. My optometrist Dr. Alan Jones referred me to Dr. Tendler. January of 2010 Dr. Tendler did a cornea cell transplant on my left eye. I was 55 at the time. I was scared what if it didn't work and I was blind in my left eye. Several days later I was at my business sitting in my office when I looked up and realized that I was able to see and read a sign that was across the road over 400 feet away. Dr. Tendler recommended that I do the surgery on my other eye and I agreed with her. Today my vision in both eyes is 20/20. Thank you Dr. Alison Tendler you gave me my eyesight back. I am forever grateful. I highly recommend Dr. Alison Tendler!"- L.J. / Office Visit / Mar 22, 2021
"8 months later I am thrilled by my refractive cataract surgery. I had both eyes done and within days of my surgeries being completed, I was amazed by how clearly I could see. By adding the refractive lenses, I am now able to read without the aid of glasses. As an avid golfer, I initially went in since I could not see the golf ball at a distance as it traveled and landed. I not only have my distance vision back, but my near vision as well. It has been an amazing opportunity to be able to see this well again."- J.H. / Office Visit / Mar 22, 2021
Because astigmatism is often combined with nearsightedness and/or farsightedness, the symptoms associated with the condition could vary greatly. Some of the most common symptoms of astigmatism include:
- Double, shadowed, distorted, or blurred vision
- Inability to see nearby items and objects clearly
- Inability to see far-off items and objects clearly
- Eye strain
- Frequent headaches
In most cases, a patient is born with astigmatism. However, injury and disease can sometimes cause the condition to develop later in a patient's life. Generally speaking, the most common cause of astigmatism is simply a more curved, or oblong, shape to the cornea.
Diagnosis and Treatment
After a thorough eye examination and diagnostic testing, a member of our ART Vision team will help you understand your vision condition and work to create a surgical treatment plan based upon your individual lifestyle, with the goal of decreasing your dependence upon glasses or contact lenses. Dr. Tendler will personally meet with you to discuss multiple effective and long-term solutions including the laser vision correction procedures LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). At ART Vision, we also proudly offer specialized implants designed to reduce or eliminate your astigmatism, such as ICLs (implantable contact lenses), RLE (refractive lens exchange), and/or cataract surgery . All of these are highly effective options for the treatment of common refractive errors, such as astigmatism.
Experience Clearer Vision
It is a common misperception that someone cannot have refractive surgery if they have astigmatism, or that it cannot be surgically treated. This is simply not true. In fact, there are great treatment options for astigmatism depending upon its amount and type, and your age, eye health, and visual lifestyle goals. If you are wearing glasses or contact lenses for your astigmatism and desire clearer vision and reduced dependence from them, contact our Sioux Falls, SD facility today to schedule a visit and learn about which customized surgical plan could work best for you. At ART Vision, we want to help restore your vision so you can See the World Better and See Yourself Better.