What is astigmatism?
Astigmatism means your eye is shaped more like a rugby ball than a football, so light is focused at more than 1 place in the eye.
This can cause:
- blurred vision
- eye strain (you may notice this after concentrating for a long time – on a computer, for example)
Astigmatism normally happens alongside short-sightedness or long-sightedness.
Astigmatism in 1 eye may cause lazy eye (where the vision does not develop properly). It’s important this is spotted early so it can be treated.
Regular eye tests for children
Take your child for regular eye tests. Astigmatism, as well as short-sightedness or long-sightedness, may affect their reading or concentration.
If astigmatism is affecting your eyesight, there are ways to correct it.
|Laser eye or lens surgery|
Treatment of astigmatism aims at improving vision clarity and eye comfort. This can be achieved through corrective lenses or refractive surgery.