Astigmatism Specialist

Beggs Family Vision

Phil Beggs, OD

Optometrist located in Wichita, KS & El Dorado, KS

One in three people in the U.S has astigmatism. If left untreated, astigmatism can significantly jeopardize your ability to see. At Beggs Family Vision in Wichita, Kansas, Phil Beggs, OD, specializes in offering comprehensive solutions for people of all ages looking to live well with astigmatism. If you’d like to learn more about astigmatism evaluations and management, schedule an appointment today by phone or online.


What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism refers to an imperfection in the curve of your eye. In most cases, astigmatism causes blurred distance and up close vision. It develops as a result of misaligned curves at the front of your eye that has an egg shape.

The are three primary kinds of astigmatism:

  • Myopic astigmatism: light rays centralize at the front of the retina
  • Hyperopic astigmatism: light rays centralize at the back of the retina
  • Mixed astigmatism: your vision alternates between nearsighted and farsighted

Through a series of diagnostic screenings, Dr. Beggs can recommend proper treatment.  

What are the symptoms of astigmatism?

Astigmatism causes a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Distorted vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Problems seeing at night
  • Continual squinting
  • Eye strain

If you think you’ve been experiencing any of these symptoms, you might benefit from booking an astigmatism evaluation at Beggs Family Vision.

What causes astigmatism?

The most common cause of astigmatism is a refractive error in the eye. This error tends to affect both the lens — the clear structure within the eye that modifies its shape for increased focus — and the cornea — the transparent front surface of the eye.

For instance, if someone you know has 20/20 vision, it means that their cornea and lens are well-rounded, so the light is refracted correctly and focused on the retina and back of the eye.

If you have astigmatism, either the cornea or the lens is shaped like an egg, causing improper refraction and blurred vision.

Astigmatism can also be caused by eye injuries, disease, or injury. Your doctor might be able to determine whether your child has astigmatism at birth, but in most cases, it develops later in the childhood or early adolescence.  

How do you treat astigmatism?

Doctors around the world have, until recently, treated astigmatism with hard lenses, offering patients personalized frames. In these cases, patients aren’t able to wear contact lenses.

However, toric lenses have now been made available to offer people astigmatism a soft corrective lens option. These contacts are weighted to adapt to the shape of your eye.

In some cases, Dr. Beggs can recommend LASIK surgery to correct your astigmatism permanently. LASIK (Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) refers to a surgical procedure that permanently reshapes the cornea. LASIK is an extremely safe and effective kind of corrective ocular surgery.

Don’t let astigmatism impact your experience with the world. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Beggs today by phone or online.