Astigmatism Specialist

Nastaran K. Golriz, OD -  - Optometrist

idoc Optical

Nastaran K. Golriz, OD

Optometrist located in Washington, DC

If you have blurred vision, headaches, and other irritating symptoms, you could have astigmatism. Skilled optometrist, Nastaran Golriz, OD, at idoc Optical offers a wide range of successful treatments, including various contact lenses and glasses, that can resolve your symptoms. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling the office in Washington, DC or booking online today.

Astigmatism Q & A




What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism occurs when the curvature of your eye is imperfect or flawed and causes blurred vision. Astigmatism might occur along with nearsightedness or farsightedness and is a common eye condition.

With astigmatism, you might have:

  • Distorted or blurred vision
  • Discomfort or eyestrain
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty with your vision at night
  • Squinting

Children might not even realize their vision is blurry and should keep up-to-date with their recommended eye exams. This allows Dr. Golriz to identify any signs of eye-related problems and disease as soon as possible. 

What causes astigmatism?

Astigmatism occurs when either your cornea (the front surface of your eye) or the lens inside your eye has mismatched curves.

There should be one single curve that resembles a round ball. With astigmatism, the surface has more of an egg shape with two mismatched curves that cause blurred vision at all distances. If light rays aren’t bent properly, refractive error and a blurry image occur.

Astigmatism might develop following an injury, disease, or surgery, or it can be present from birth. In some instances, blurred vision can be a result of inflammation of the eyes. Eye inflammation is often a symptom of an allergy or an underlying medical condition.

How is astigmatism treated?

Dr. Golriz evaluates your eye health and determines if you have astigmatism.  Your eye exam typically involves various tests with different instruments used to evaluate your eye health and a refraction test to check how your eyes bend light.

If you have astigmatism, Dr. Golriz creates a personalized treatment plan to correct vision and enhance eye health.

Corrective lenses, such as eyeglasses and contact lenses, can counteract the uneven curvatures of your cornea or lens to correct your vision. In addition to corrective eyewear, there are also effective surgeries to correct the problem, such as LASIK.

During the LASIK corrective refractive surgery, a laser beam reshapes the curves of your cornea and corrects the refractive error.

When treating astigmatism, the goal is always to improve eye comfort and vision clarity. Even slightly blurred vision can still impair your cognitive functioning and cause headaches and pain. 

Treat your astigmatism by calling idoc Optical or schedule an appointment online today.

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