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Astigmatism Specialist

Marano Eye Care

Ophthalmology & Cataract & Corneal Surgeons located in Denville, NJ, Livingston, NJ & Newark, NJ

About 33% of the population has astigmatism, a common eye-related health problem characterized by blurry vision. At Marano Eye Care, Matthew Marano Jr., MD, Edward Decker, MD, and the team work with teenagers and adults to diagnose and treat astigmatism. To schedule an appointment at the Denville, Livingston, or Newark, New Jersey, office call to speak with a member of the administrative staff or book online today.

Astigmatism Q & A

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism causes fuzzy or distorted vision. It occurs when your cornea is egg-shaped instead of spherical. 

Astigmatism affects people of all ages, races, and genders. It’s typically present at birth but doesn’t always require correction. If astigmatism affects your ability to read, drive, or perform other routine tasks, the team might recommend eyeglasses, contact lenses, or LASIK surgery.

What are the symptoms of astigmatism?

Common symptoms of astigmatism include:

  • Blurred or distorted vision
  • Eyestrain
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty seeing at night

If you have astigmatism, you might also squint when reading or using electronics.

When should I see a doctor about astigmatism?

Most cases of astigmatism are mild and don’t require treatment. However, if you experience symptoms that detract from your enjoyment of activities, or make it difficult to work or perform other regular tasks, make an appointment with the team at Marano Eye Care.

How is astigmatism diagnosed?

To diagnose astigmatism, the team at Marano Eye Care reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, and conducts a comprehensive eye exam. During your exam, they assess the health of your eyes and their ability to refract (or bend) light. 

The team uses specialized instruments, lights, and a variety of lenses to observe the components of your eyes and to determine a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses to help you see more clearly. 

How is astigmatism treated?

Treatment for astigmatism depends on your individual goals and the severity of your symptoms. Usually, the team at Marano Eye Care recommends:

Contact lenses

Contact lenses are small circular discs that improve your vision. They’re placed directly on top of your cornea and can address farsightedness or nearsightedness. There are many types of contacts, including rigid, gas permeable, and disposable. 


Eyeglasses are custom optical appliances that feature two lenses and metal or plastic frames. The lenses have a unique prescription that correctly bends the light, allowing you to see more clearly. 


LASIK is an outpatient procedure that reshapes your cornea, a piece of tissue at the front of your eye. By improving the curvature of your cornea, it’s possible to sharpen your vision and address common refractive errors like nearsightedness and farsightedness.

To receive treatment for astigmatism, request a consultation at Marano Eye Care. Call the nearest location to speak with a member of the administrative staff or book online today.