Astigmatism is a common eye condition, which is known as a refractive error as well as nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia) and characterized by the abnormal curvature of the cornea. Such a condition may hinder light from focusing properly on the retina, and blurry eyesight at both close and far distances may result, as the cornea is responsible for focusing the light which enters the eye.
Dr. William Boothe says that in a normal eye, the cornea has a plain and an evenly bent surface and light going through the cornea is focused equally on the retina. However, the anterior surface of the astigmatic cornea bulges more in one direction than in the other, thus the light beams cannot focus on a point causing distorted vision. Ophthalmologists cannot define exactly the causes of astigmatism. Dr. Boothe as well as other eye doctors believes that in most cases it is present from birth and is presented together with myopia or hyperopia. In certain cases it is transferred from generation to generation.
Nowadays astigmatism and other refractive errors are corrected with the help of eyeglasses or special contact lenses. But the best way to treat this eye problem and not to wear any visual aids is a laser eye procedure known as Lasik. Board certified Boothe Eyecare has a tremendous amount of experience, doing surgeries each day. He has already performed over 121,200 Lasik surgeries and over 72,150 Intralake procedures. His Boothe Eye Care and Laser Center, which is located in Plano, Texas, offers only the latest FDA approved equipment and technologies. To determine if you have astigmatism and what can be done about it if detected, your eyes will be examined by Dr. Boothe and his assistants. At first they will utilize a special corneal topography system to map the surface of your eyes and to measure the shape of corneas. Then they will gage a corneal thickness with the help of tachymetry test. All findings are necessary in order to evaluate whether you are a good candidate for the procedure and to have accurate readings before performing a laser eye surgery. For more information visit, Boothe Laser Center