Astigmatism: What Is It & How Does It Impact Your Vision?

Do you have frequent eye strain, headaches or often find yourself squinting to see things clearly? If so, you may have astigmatism!

What is astigmatism?

Not as scary as the word sounds, astigmatism is a common visual condition that can cause distorted or blurred vision at all distances.

An example of astigmatism comparing a basketball to a football

For instance, a normal eye is naturally shaped round, like a basketball. However, eyes that have astigmatism are often shaped more like a football, causing blurry or distorted vision.

For example, you may experience:

    • Trouble driving at night.
    • Difficult reading.
    • Eye strain after a long day of working on your computer.

This is what astigmatism looks like

While it often occurs with other vision conditions like myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness), this condition is easily correctable with glasses, contact lenses or in many cases, laser eye surgery.

Related: “Toric Contact Lenses for Astigmatism: Are They Right for You?”

Curious if you have astigmatism? What are you waiting for? Make sure to schedule an appointment with your local eye care professional today!

Interested in learning more about conditions that affect your vision? Check out our articles on myopia, hyperopia and presbyopia!

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Dr. Danny Mack earned his Doctor of Optometry degree at The Ohio State University College of Optometry in Columbus, Ohio. During his training, he gained valuable experience in a variety of clinical settings throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Utah before settling in Hawaii. He currently serves as the Chief of Optometry at Hawaiian Eye Center on the island of Oahu. Dr. Mack regularly manages ocular diseases, provides consultations for eye surgeries, and performs comprehensive eye examinations. He enjoys fitting contact lenses for patients of all ages as well. Dr. Mack won several awards for leadership and service at The Ohio State University College of Optometry and he has a passion for providing quality eye care to individuals in remote locations. He has volunteered his services on eye care outreaches to rural Hawaii, Honduras, and Fiji.