Astigmatism is one of the most common eye conditions and can have a minimal effect on your lifestyle when managed with glasses or contact lenses.

What causes astigmatism?

Doctors aren’t sure what the exact causes for this condition are. People are either born with it, so it’s possibly related to genetics, or it can develop later on in life due to age-related changes. Many people who are short or far sighted have astigmatism.

Other factors that can cause astigmatism include:

  -   Eye injury

  -   Eye surgery

  -   An eye disease

What symptoms should I watch out for?

Most people who wear glasses have some form of astigmatism, which is why people are usually advised to have an eye test when they complain of repeatedly experiencing the following:

1. Headache

2. Having to squint to see clearly

3. Eye strain or eyes that tire during prolonged visual focu

Treatment for astigmatism

Corrective lenses (glasses or contact lenses) or refractive eye surgery will improve vision clarity and eye comfort for patients with astigmatism. 

Am I at risk of astigmatism?

If the any of the following conditions apply to you, you may be at risk:

-       A family history of astigmatism or other eye disorder

-       Scarring or thinning of the cornea

-       Excessive shortsightedness (blurry vision at a distance)

-       Excessive farsightedness (blurry close-up vision)

-       A history of certain types of eye surgery, eg. cataract removal.