Blurry and distorted vision leading to eyestrain, headaches, squinting and eye discomfort
What is astigmatism?
When your eye is shaped like an egg instead of a round ball
Who gets astigmatism?
Astigmatism is the most common refractive error – almost everyone has a little astigmatism
YOUR VISION IS BLURRED AND DISTORTED
If you have astigmatism, your glasses prescription will have a unit of cylinder (often noted as C or CYL) that is typically expressed as a positive or negative number. This means the degree of astigmatism you have, expressing how much you experience blurry and distorted vision. Your prescription will also have an axis (expressed as a multiplier) which reveals the orientation of astigmatism.
YOU MIGHT FEEL HEADACHES, SQUINTING AND EYE DISCOMFORT
Uncorrected, your astigmatism can be bothersome. Fortunately, glasses and contact lenses can correct astigmatism. Unfortunately, you may dislike the way your glasses look or feel, and you may be worried about the high risk of contact lens infection after prolonged use.
HOW GLASSES AND CONTACT LENSES CAN IMPACT YOUR DAILY LIFE
In glasses, rain can be a struggle. Your glasses may fog up, get loose and fall down your nose. Needing to constantly clean them is a regular hassle. Falling asleep in them can cause them to break. Not being able to wear sunglasses can be a real bother. When it comes to contact lenses, they can cause dryness, computer vision syndrome, serious eye infections, and grittiness and irritation if you wear them too long.
GLASSES CHANGE THE WAY YOU LOOK
You might have heard people say you look better without glasses or even tell you that you should get contact lenses. You might feel they detract from or hide your facial features. They might make your eyes look unnaturally large or small.
IF GLASSES OR CONTACT LENSES ARE THE ENEMY
Help is at hand! With modern laser eye surgery and lens replacement, we’ve been able to treat all sorts of eye problems, including astigmatism, for decades. Futhermore, we have excellent results proving its safety and effectiveness.
Vision correction enables you to experience a richer life without spectacles or contacts
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“Mr Alex Shortt successfully performed Lens Replacement Surgery on both my eyes on the 13th October 2017. The care that I have received from Alex and his team through out the process has been amazing. Choosing Mr Shortt as my surgeon was one of the best decisions that I have made. I would very highly recommend Mr Shortt. l will always be grateful to Alex for the amazing care and results I’ve received – thank you!”
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Supplementary information about Astigmatism
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About the author
Mr Alex J. Shortt | Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
MB BCh MSc PhD FRCOphth PGDipCatRef
I’m Alex Shortt, a highly trained academic researcher and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon based in London’s famous Harley Street medical district. I trained and worked as a consultant for 14 years at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital. I specialise in advanced technologies for correcting vision, including stem cell cataract surgery, implantable contact lenses and laser vision correction.