Eyes are shaped like footballs, however astigmatism causes your eye to be formed more like an egg.

This means that light focuses on more than one part of the retina which can distort your vision. You may find it hard to differentiate letters or focus your sight.

Astigmatism is relatively common and can be corrected with spectacles or contact lenses. You may have astigmatism if you have blurred vision, headaches or eye-strain. It is commonly found in people with short sight or long sight vision.

How do you treat astigmatism?

astigmatism is a type of refractive error, and is corrected with glasses, or contact lenses to enable you to see clearly. If your astigmatism changes, or you are having it corrected for the first time, you may find your glasses feel strange at first, whilst your brain gets used to seeing things with the astigmatism corrected.

 What are the symptoms of Astigmatism?

Astigmatism can cause:

  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain (you may notice this after concentrating for a long time – on a computer, for example)
  • Astigmatism normally occurs alongside short sight or long sight



If you think you may have astigmatism, please get in touch with us at Midlands Community Eyecare to book an appointment with an NHS registered home visiting optician in Birmingham, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

  Call Us On 0121 517 0218