Grand Rapids' Optical Boutique
We welcome new patients and existing patients alike to our optical boutique with all of today's latest eyewear fashions. The PEWM experience usually includes a personalized comprehensive eye exam including dilation in a relaxed setting by our optometrist who cares greatly about your vision.
Dr. Troy LeBaron believes your eyes are precious and you want up to the minute training on the latest vision care advancements. Schedule an appointment and discover the difference for yourself between a private practice and a franchise.
We are conveniently located just South of M-6 at the corner of Kalamazoo Avenue and 68th St in Grand Rapids, MI (click for hours and maps).
Q&A with Dr. L
Dr. Lebaron Answers Your Eyecare Questions
What is astigmatism?
Astigmatism is an optical defect in which vision is blurred due to the inability of the optics of the eye to focus a point object into a sharp focused image on the retina. This may be due to an irregular or toric curvature of the cornea or lens. The eye may be described as no perfectly round but shaped more like an egg. The two types of astigmatism are regular and irregular. Irregular astigmatism is often caused by a corneal scar or scattering in the crystalline lens, and cannot be corrected by standard spectacle lenses, but can be corrected by contact lenses. The more common regular astigmatism arising from either the cornea or crystalline lens can be corrected by eyeglasses or toric lenses. The refractive error of the astigmatic eye stems from a difference in degree of curvature refraction of the two different meridians (i.e., the eye has different focal points in different planes). For example, the image may be clearly focused on the retina in the horizontal plane, but not in the vertical plane. Astigmatism causes difficulties in seeing fine detail resulting in blurred vision. Three options exist for the treatment of astigmatism: spectacles, contact lenses (either hard contact lenses or toric contact lenses), and refractive surgery