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What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a common eye condition that can affect one or both eyes; it means that your eye is more like a rugby ball shape rather than a football. Due to this, part of your vision will be out of focus, causing blurred or distorted vision.

What causes astigmatism?

Astigmatism is something that can be present at birth, but it can also develop later in life. It is more common in people that are short or long-sighted. Astigmatism can also occur after eye surgery or eye injury.

What are the symptoms of astigmatism?

If untreated astigmatism can lead to:

  • Blurred vision

  • Headaches

  • Eye strain

  • Squinting



Correcting astigmatism

In majority of cases astigmatism can be correct with glasses, specialised contact lenses or eye surgery.