Things to Know about Astigmatism


It can be difficult finding an astigmatism optical clinic in Paradise and Chico.  At Reeve-Woods Eye Center, we understand the challenges that come with astigmatism.  If you suffer from astigmatism, we want you to be able to see clearly.  Below, let's learn more about astigmatism and the best ways to treat this eye condition.

What Causes Astigmatism and What Are the Symptoms?

Astigmatism is a structural imperfection in the eye.  Typically, in a perfect eye, the eye is completely round, allowing light to enter the eyeball and focus clearly.  When a person has astigmatism, the eye is slightly oblong or football shaped.  When the light enters the eye it is not focused correctly or completely.  This results in the image the person sees becoming blurry.  Nobody really knows the cause of astigmatism.  Often, people are simply born with astigmatism.  Sometimes astigmatism is developed through eye disease or from an injury sustained to the eye.  People once believed that astigmatism can form if you read too closely or sit too closely to the television, but this has been disproved.

How Can an Optometrist Help?

An optometrist is able to do a full eye exam and determine the reason why your vision is blurred.  Using specialized tools, an optometrist is able to get a close look at your eye and determine its shape.  There are many astigmatism treatments in Paradise and Chico that can help correct your vision.  With advances in technology, astigmatism can now be corrected with contact lenses or corrective eye surgery.  An optometrist will help determine if you are a good candidate for surgery or help fit you with corrective lenses.

How Could Lenses Be Beneficial?

There are many contact lenses that work remarkably well for correcting the vision of people with astigmatism.  Because traditional contact lenses float in the eye, they are not a good choice for people who do not have a perfectly round eyeball.  Often, people with astigmatism are prescribed toric lenses.  These are more flexible and allow light to bend and move in more ways than traditional contact lenses.  Another great option for people with astigmatism is gas-permeable lenses.  These lenses are rigid and hold their shape.  By doing so, these contact lenses create an artificially round eyeball giving the right conditions for clear vision.

If you are looking for an astigmatism eye clinic in Paradise and Chico, Reeve-Woods Eye Center is the best place for you.  Our eye doctors in Paradise and Chico regularly work with astigmatism patients.  We are located at 460 W East Ave #110, Chico, CA 95926.  Ophthalmologists in Paradise and Chico CA don't have to be difficult to find.  Call us today at (530)-899-2244 to schedule your eye exam.


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  • "I had a great visit and eye care experience. I went to Dr Reeve with “Dry Eye”. I was kind of a mess…blurred vision and very uncomfortable. He saw me for two visits. On the first visit I got my diagnosis and a prescription for eye drops. On my second visit, I reported continuing symptoms. Dr Reeve then did a procedure and it worked! The doctor and staff (including his assistant) were businesslike, polite and helpful. Great experience."
    Melanie M.
  • "I had a great first-time experience! The ladies in the front were very kind.  I first saw the optometrist who was very kind and thorough. Then I was seen by Dr. Woods who was also kind and thorough. They both listened to my concerns and were very attentive to my needs. When it came time for ordering my contacts, I dealt with the optical shop across the hall where you try on frames. They were super friendly and very helpful! I’m definitely coming back!"
    Charlie D.
  • "Such a positive experience with his office! My first appointment was with Dr Reeve who was friendly and thorough with his exam. A year later Dr Woods performed my LASIK surgery and I have been thrilled with the results!! Their staff is super friendly and has really worked at getting my insurance to cover medications and making recommendations for where to get the lowest pharmacy fees!! I would recommend these doctors to anyone looking for ophthalmologists :)"
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