Understanding Astigmatism: Causes, Symptoms, and Solutions

Understanding Astigmatism: Causes, Symptoms, and Solutions

Astigmatism is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the cornea or lens of the eye is not perfectly round, causing blurred or distorted vision. Despite its prevalence, there are many misconceptions and a lack of understanding about astigmatism. In this post, we will explore the causes, symptoms and solutions for astigmatism.

What Causes Astigmatism?

Most cases of astigmatism are hereditary, which means it’s passed down from parents to children. Other factors like eye injuries, certain types of eye surgery, or health conditions that cause changes in the cornea can also lead to astigmatism. It’s important to note that astigmatism is not caused by squinting, reading in low light, or sitting too close to the TV – these are all eye health myths.


Symptoms of Astigmatism

Astigmatism symptoms may vary from person to person. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Blurred or distorted vision at all distances
  • Headaches
  • Eye strain or discomfort
  • Difficulty seeing at night

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to schedule an eye exam with a healthcare professional. Regular eye checkups can help detect astigmatism early and prevent it from worsening over time.

Treating Astigmatism

Astigmatism can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery. The best solution depends on the individual’s specific needs and lifestyle. Let’s explore these options in more detail:


Eyeglasses for Astigmatism

Eyeglasses are a simple and effective way to correct astigmatism. They provide clear vision and are comfortable to wear. They can also be customized with various lens options to enhance visual comfort and protect your eyes. For more information on eyeglasses for astigmatism, visit our general eyeglasses page.

Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Contact lenses can provide a wider field of vision compared to eyeglasses. They are a great option for people who play sports or have an active lifestyle. Toric contact lenses are specifically designed to correct astigmatism.

Surgery for Astigmatism

Eye surgery is another option for correcting astigmatism. Procedures such as LASIK or PRK reshape the cornea to correct the vision. While these procedures have high success rates, they are not suitable for everyone. Your eye care provider can determine if you are a good candidate for surgery.

Remember, astigmatism is a common and treatable condition. With the right eyewear or treatment, you can enjoy clear and comfortable vision. If you suspect you have astigmatism, schedule an eye exam as soon as possible.

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Dr. Steven Liem

Dr. Steven Liem, O.D., F.A.A.O. is an optometrist based in Pasadena, California. After obtaining his doctorate from UC Berkeley’s School of Optometry, he completed his residency in Pediatrics, Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. When he isn’t busy streaming or making Youtube videos about video games, Dr. Liem aims to broaden accessibility to vision health through his involvement in optometric industry and tech.