Astigmatism: Symptoms, CAUSES and SOLUTIONS

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a very common focusing problem of the eye. Low levels of astigmatism may present no concerns, however, higher levels can cause eye strain, headaches and blurred vision at both distance and near, if left uncorrected.
 

Example of vision with astigmatism
Vision affected by astigmatism (left) versus normal vision (right)

The cornea is the thin transparent covering of the eye. It contributes a large part to the power of the eye. If the cornea is not perfectly round and smooth (like the surface of a lens) it induces astigmatism, and results in vision distortion. Astigmatism can be present in young children or could develop during puberty. In children, astigmatism is a common cause of a “lazy eye”.

Common Symptoms Of Astigmatism

Astigmatism can affect you at any time, so it is necessary to be aware of any signs that you may be suffering from it. The most common symptoms include:

When vision begins to appear blurred or fuzzy, either from a known injury or an unknown development over time, a visit to an optometrist is required. Some vision problems like eye strain can come and go on their own, but can still be symptomatic of a more serious disease which would require treatment.

Testing For Astigmatism

Testing for astigmatism is usually part of a comprehensive eye exam. It is important to always be aware of any changes in your vision. Besides astigmatism, it is also useful in detecting any common vision problems. If you notice any changes in your vision, visit your optometrist for a comprehensive eye test.

Can Astigmatism Be Cured?

No known cure for astigmatism has been reported. There are, however, it is in most cases easily corrected with glasses and contact lenses. In fact most glasses wearers have their astigmatism corrected even if they don't know it.

Refractive surgery can also be used to correct astigmatism, but this is not very common.

SUFFERING FROM DISTORTED OR BLURRED VISION?

Visit your nearest optometrist for a complete eye test today.

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