Astigmatism

 Note: This image may make you feel sick if you look at it too long. Pictured here is a corrective lens for someone with a high amount of astigmatism. Astigmatism causes lights to appear smeared. This is apparent if you look at the overhead lights through the lens. This is how someone with high astigmatism would see the world if they were not wearing corrective lenses.

Note: This image may make you feel sick if you look at it too long. Pictured here is a corrective lens for someone with a high amount of astigmatism. Astigmatism causes lights to appear smeared. This is apparent if you look at the overhead lights through the lens. This is how someone with high astigmatism would see the world if they were not wearing corrective lenses.

 

Astigmatism causes blurriness in vision at all distances.

Astigmatism means that either the front surface of your eye (the cornea), or the lens inside the eye is not equally curved in all directions.

  • When your lens in the eye is not equally curved, the lens does not focus on a single point in the back of the eye, but instead appears smeared.
  • Astigmatism is neither farsightedness or nearsightedness. But it is a refractive error that can be corrected through prescription eyewear or contact lenses.

Most are born with small amounts of astigmatism

Uncorrected astigmatism can cause headaches, eye strain, bad night vision and eye strain on the computer. A small amount of astigmatism is not considered an eye disease, however some forms of astigmatism can be a sign of an eye disease called Keratoconus.

How can I fix my astigmatism?

There is no cure for astigmatism. Optometrists check the amount of astigmatism you may have when they check your prescription. Astigmatism is corrected by corrective lenses, either by glasses or contact lenses. Refractive surgeries, like LASIK or PRK can be performed to reshape the cornea permanently.

Book an appointment and find out if you have astigmatism now! Astigmatism is very common and could be the source of headaches, eyestrain, eye fatigue and much more!

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