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What Is Astigmatism Signs and Symptoms

January 23, 2018

What Is Astigmatism Signs and Symptoms

 

Astigmatism is a very common refractive error and usually occurs in conjunction with short sightedness or farsightedness. When the lens or the cornea of your eye has an irregular curve/shape, it changes the way light passes through the eye. This makes your vision blurry. Astigmatism is not an eye disease; it is the physical result of how light reacts with your eye.

  

What is Astigmatism - how does it compair to a normal eye

Symptoms of astigmatism include blurry vision, eye strain, headaches, squinting and difficulty with night vision. These symptoms usually become worse after extended period of visual activity such as reading or computer work. If these visual symptoms interfere with your ability to perform everyday tasks and reduce your enjoyment of living.

 

Blurry vision from astigmatism. Example of what focus looks like when a person has astigmatism

Astigmatism can be evident from birth, but you it can also change or increase due to hereditary factors or for example after eye trauma, surgery or disease.


Like most common visual problems, astigmatism can easily be corrected with prescription glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery. To see if you might have astigmatism take this home test which will give you a clear indication and what to do if you might have it.

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