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Astigmatism Diagnosis & Treatment

Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a very common eye condition that's easily corrected by eyeglasses or contact lenses and on some occasions, surgery.

Astigmatism is caused when your eye is not completely round. Because our bodies are not perfect, astigmatism occurs in nearly everybody to some degree but for some, not to the degree that it causes blurring. Your eye is naturally shaped like a sphere. Under normal circumstances, when light enters the eye, it bends evenly, creating a clear picture on the back of your eye. In a person with astigmatism, their eye is shaped more like a football and light entering the eye is bent more in one direction than the other. This causes only part of the picture to be in focus at any given time. Objects at any distance can appear blurry and wavy. For vision problems due to astigmatism, glasses or contact lenses, and sometimes even vision correction surgery are all possible treatments.

People with undetected astigmatism often have blurred vision which can be associated with fatigue and eyestrain. While these symptoms may not necessarily be the result of astigmatism, you should schedule an eye exam if you are experiencing one or more symptoms.

Our eye doctor can diagnose astigmatism with a thorough eye exam. Astigmatism may occur in combination with other vision problems such as nearsightedness and farsightedness or even presbyopia. Because astigmatism gets worse over times, visit our eye doctor whenever you notice changes in your vision.

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Our Eye Doctors

Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Our optometrists in St. Marys, ON take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet our St. Marys Eye Doctors:

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Dr. Carol Venn

When Carol isn’t being awesome at work she can be found coaching ringette or walking around town with her dog Scout. Carol is a Doctor of Optometry graduate of the University of Waterloo. Carol wanted to be part of the local scene so she opened St Marys Optometry in 2010. She loves providing eye health exams to the community and as a mom is especially great with kids and babies.  In her free time she likes to spend time with her husband Mike and their kids Meg & Luke, relax with a glass of wine, stay up late and sleep in.  Carol’s favourite frame brands are Vanni, Modo and Maui Jim.  According to Carol the best places to shop locally are Nail Effects, Dunny’s Source for Sports, O’Grady’s Clothing and Accessories, Sensations and The Town and Country Cheese Shoppe.

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Dr. Erica Gagnon

Erica obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Windsor. She then went on to complete her Doctorate of Optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. When she wasn't studying she could be found consuming many deep dish pizzas!

Erica has a remarkable passion for serving the families of St. Marys and the surrounding area, going out of her way to meet and help everyone she can. The highlight of Erica's day is getting to meet new people and making eye care fun, informative and approachable.

In her spare time Erica likes to travel the world, go swimming at the beach and participate in sports such as soccer volleyball, and triathlons. But more than anything, Erica loves spending time with friends and family; especially her husband, new baby Ivy and their dog, Maverick.

The Staff

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. They are excited about what they do, and they care personally about getting the best results for our patients. Our receptionists will try to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointments that suit your needs. We will help you understand your insurance coverage and if financial arrangements are necessary, we will be glad to help you develop a plan to make your vision care treatment possible.
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Maggie Banks

Maggie has a Bachelor of Design from the Ontario College of Art & Design and loves doing artsy stuff and helping people pick out their next pair of glasses. Her favourite eyewear collections are Vanni, Eco and Maui Jim. In her free time she likes spending time with her family, hangin’ by the pool, gardening and crafting. Her favourite places to shop locally are, Pass it On, Lyrics, Hearn’s Ice Cream, Village Craft and Candle and MacPherson Arts and Crafts.

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Lavonne Forman

Everyone in town knows Lavonne or her family and if they don’t they will soon! Lavonne’s charming personality will win you over the minute she takes you into diagnostic testing. With a background in early childhood education, Lavonne can often be found entertaining children in the kid zone while their parents are in with the doctor. When she’s not at work she can be found hiking, spending time with her family, going to the movies, doing Zumba or dancing. Lavonne’s favorite frames lines include Guess, Kliik, and Oakley. The best local businesses according to Lavonne are Wildstones, Baristas, Lauren Whitney Lifestyles and Troyer’s Spices.

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Mandy Verge

Recent Business Marketing graduate from Fanshawe's Lawrence Kinlin School of Business, with an artistic background in grassroots community support. You can find Mandy happily helping at various points in our office, from frame selections to guiding through the diagnostic process. Her personal frame favourites range from Vanni, Eco, Kate Spade, and Vera Wang. In her free time, she loves supporting the music community as well as sourcing out the local goods. Here in St. Marys, her go-to spots include Zenfire Pottery, McCully's Hill Farm, and Aunt Millies Kitchen!

Eye Care Services

At St. Marys Optometry, we provide comprehensive eye health and vision exams for all ages. We recognize that patients of different ages have different concerns regarding their vision, and our exams are designed accordingly, whether patients are infants, children, teens, adults or seniors.

We have an extended network of vision care professionals. When your eye health requirements fall outside of our scope of services, we will either co-manage with or refer to the appropriate eye health specialist in our network.

Thorough Eye Exams in St. Marys, ON

Comprehensive eye exams for adults and children, co-management of laser vision correction surgery, caring for eye emergencies and so much more. Dr. Carol Venn provides comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages including treatment for a range of conditions including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, dry eye, cataracts and macular degeneration.

  • Learn more about what problems can be spotted with an eye exam, what’s involved in a comprehensive exam, and special considerations for kids and contacts.
  • Early identification of a child's vision problem is crucial.
  • Including Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, and Cataracts.
  • We use the most up-to-date technology to ensure the best eye care possible. Learn about the different types of tests and equipment you may experience on a visit to St. Marys Optometry.
  • Our eye doctors have the latest technology and lots of experience with eye infections, scratched eye, something stuck in your eye, painful or stinging eyes and many other types of eye infections.
  • Did you know your optometrist can help you with red eyes, pink eye, or sore eyes, foreign body removal and eye emergencies?
  • If you're ready for an alternative to glasses and/or contacts look to us for co-management of LASIK, cataract, and other ocular surgery.
  • Dry eyes result from the chronic lack of lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye, which can cause minor irritations, an inability to wear contact lenses and an increased risk of corneal inflammation and eye infections.
  • Astigmatism is a very common eye condition that's easily corrected by eyeglasses or contact lenses and on some occasions, surgery.
  • Does holding a newspaper farther from your face help you see the words? For this reason, presbyopia is sometimes called "long-arm syndrome."
  • Vision plays a crucial role throughout childhood and beyond. Yet many parents don't understand how vision helps their children develop appropriately.
  • Sports eyewear can give you the performance edge you're seeking for just about any sport (tennis, racquetball, etc.) or recreational activity (hunting, fishing, etc.). It can also provide the safety and eye protection you need as well.

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