Common vision problems: Astigmatism

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Astigmatism is a common condition that affects many people—children as well as adults. People with astigmatism have blurry or distorted vision at all distances, varying with the strength of the astigmatism. They’re often nearsighted or farsighted, as well.

Astigmatism can interfere with daily activities that require seeing far away, like road signs, and close-up, like reading a magazine. Untreated, astigmatism can lead to headaches, fatigue, squinting and pain in the muscles around the eye.

There are two types of astigmatism. The first, called corneal, occurs when the cornea is more football-shaped instead of being round like a baseball. Light that enters an astigmatic eye has two points of focus both of which may be blurry rather than just one sharp point of focus on the retina like in a normal eye. The second, called lenticular, occurs from irregular curvatures of the lens of the eye. Both types can be present at the same time.

Correcting astigmatism

Most astigmatism can be corrected with eyeglasses or ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses, including ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses for ASTIGMATISM, ACUVUE® ADVANCE® Brand Contact Lenses for ASTIGMATISM or 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® Brand Contact Lenses for ASTIGMATISM which feature our revolutionary BLINK STABILIZED™ lens design.

And since people with astigmatism can suffer from myopia or hyperopia, they can also be used to correct either of those conditions at the same time as correcting astigmatism.