Astigmatism, along with short-sightedness and long-sightedness, is a common cause of blurry vision. It's usually corrected with glasses or contact lenses.
Astigmatism can occur on it's own or along with short or long-sightedness.
What is astigmatism?
Astigmatism means your eye is shaped more like a rugby ball than a football, so light is focused at more than one place in the eye. This results in things appearing slightly distorted and occasionally even appearing double, with higher levels of astigmatism.
Symptoms of astigmatism are not always obvious, it can manifest as headaches or tired, strained eyes after long periods of concentration, for instance if you spend long hours on a computer screen.
In young children, high levels of astigmatism can cause a lazy eye. It is important they are tested at a young age, so that any issues like this can be managed more effectively. To read more about our children's eye examination, click here.
Book your eye test now at Chakshu London opticians, it's the best way to find out if you have an astigmatism and what you require in terms of glasses or contact lenses.