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Astigmatism is an eye condition that is more common than you would think. Most cases are not easily noticeable, while others cause significant vision problems. It is a refractive error issue that inhibits your eye’s ability to focus light because the curvature of your eyes is asymmetrical. This causes distortion and blurred vision, especially when looking at far objects.

There are two classifications of astigmatism namely; distorted lenses and distorted cornea, the latter being the more common of the two. There are also three kinds of astigmatism: farsighted, near-sighted, and a combination of far and near-sightedness.

Here are five things you need to know about astigmatism:

No cause.

There are many symptoms to indicate the presence of astigmatism, and treatment for it is also available. But there has been no conclusive discovery to find out its root cause, so there is no way to prevent it.

Present at birth.

Astigmatism is usually present at birth and as you age, it gets either better or worse. Many people develop this condition as children or young adults, and others in their old age develop this condition because of eye injury or eye surgery.

Use of eyeglasses, contact lenses, and Lasik surgery.

Most astigmatism can be corrected and improved either by wearing corrective glasses or contact lenses. And sometimes, Laski surgery might be your best option. The surgery changes the shape of your cornea so that it can focus light correctly.

Eye strain.

Having astigmatism can cause you to have headaches, fatigue, and eyestrain.

Eye examination.

The best and only way to determine if you have astigmatism is through a dilated eye examination. It is important to know that after a dilated eye examination, your eyes will be blurry and you will need someone else to drive you home.

For more information on astigmatism and other eye-related challenges, reach out to us and we will be glad to assist you.