Astigmatism is a type of refractive deformity of the eye and can cause blurred vision and are the most common reason why a person goes to see an ophthalmologist.

Astigmatism is seen in many people from short sighted to long sighted people. It is a very common eye condition however it is not understood by most people. Basically, it means that your eye has difficulty focusing on objects at certain angles. Many patients have issues with vertical lines or walls that appear to the patient as if they are leaning over or bent. This is caused by the shape of the inner eye a normal eye one with perfect vision is shaped like a golf ball, someone with astigmatism is shaped more like a football or egg.

Some typical symptoms often associated with astigmatism:

  • Distorted vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Eye strain
  • Squinting
  • Headaches

Astigmatism is common in many people and most people have some mild form of astigmatism.  For those that it is noticeable it can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, a lens implant and many times laser corrective surgery.

Below is a video which explains Astigmatism