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What is astigmatism?

Most people's eyes are round like a football and light focuses on one area of the retina, however, if you have astigmatism your eye is shaped a bit like a rugby ball and the light focuses on more than one area of the retina so your vision is distorted or blurry. Symptoms include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Normally occurs alongside short sight or long sight

Who is affected by astigmatism?

Like long-sight or short-sight, astigmatism is caused by the shape and size of your eye. It is very common and can be easily correct with glasses or contact lenses.

Help and Advice

Astigmatism is a type of refractive error and is corrected with glasses, or contact lenses to enable you to see clearly. If your astigmatism changes or you're having it corrected for the first time, you may find your glasses feel strange at first, while you adjust to seeing things with astigmatism corrected.

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