Astigmatism is a common vision condition that causes blurred vision. It is characterized by an irregular curvature of the cornea. And, it usually develops in childhood. In an eye with astigmatism, the curvature of the cornea and lens bends the light entering the eye differently. As a result, those with one have distorted or blurred vision at all distances. There are two types of astigmatism, regular and irregular. An irregular one which is far less common, can be the result of an eye injury, or a condition such as keratoconus.

While blurry vision is the most common symptom of Astigmatism. Other common symptoms associated with astigmatism include, headaches, eye strain, squinting, distorted vision at all distances and difficulties driving at night. In most cases, eyeglasses, contacts, or refractive surgery can help.

Astigmatism usually causes vision to be blurred or distorted to some degree at all distances.

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Important to make note of, it is possible to have a mild astigmatism and not know it. In fact, this is especially true for children. That’s because kids are not aware of their vision being other than normal. For this reason, it’s important to have comprehensive dilated eye exams to make sure you are seeing your best.

To enjoy a lifetime of good eyesight, it is essential to keep your eyes functioning properly. That’s why getting an annual comprehensive eye exam is so important! A comprehensive eye exam will help to detect any eye problems at their early stages when they’re most treatable. If you need to book a comprehensive eye exam or to learn more about our contact lens options for astigmatism, contact our office at (805) 522-7007.

Astigmatism is detected during a routine eye exam with the same instruments and techniques used for the detection of nearsightedness and farsightedness.

Regardless of your age or physical health getting an annual eye exam is important.