WHAT IS ASTIGMATISM?
Astigmatism is a common and treatable eye condition. The front surface of a normal eye is round like a football, but people with astigmatism have eyes shaped more like an oval rugby ball. This changes the path of light so that the image formed at the back of the eye is not sharply focused.
People can be born with astigmatism or it can develop later in life, but they will usually also be short or long sighted.
WHICH ARE ITS SYMPTOMS?
Many people have a little astigmatism and their sight is unaffected. If the astigmatism is more severe, you might notice blurring and distortion of near or far-away objects, headaches when trying to focus and tired eyes.
HOW CAN ASTIGMATISM BE TREATED?
Astigmatism, like nearsightedness and farsightedness, usually can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery.
Have a look at our Astigmatism blog post to find out more!