What is astigmatism?

Let’s clear things up

Astigmatism is an eye condition that can affect adults or children. If you have astigmatism, your eye is shaped more like a rugby ball than a football, which can change the way light enters your eye and how you see things.

You can be born with astigmatism, or it can develop later in life. It usually occurs alongside short-sightedness or long-sightedness.

Been struggling with headaches or blurry vision? These are two symptoms of astigmatism. Take a look at the other symptoms below, and make sure you book an eye test to find out for sure what’s affecting your vision.

What are the symptoms of astigmatism?

Signs and symptoms of astigmatism may include:

• Blurred or distorted vision

• Eyestrain or eye discomfort

• Headaches

• Difficulty seeing at night

• Squinting

In young children, a high astigmatism may cause a lazy eye. It's important this is spotted early so it can be treated.

How is astigmatism diagnosed?

Whatever your symptoms, if you’re worried something’s affecting your eyesight, book in for an eye test to put your mind at rest and avoid putting unnecessary stress or strain on your eyes.

Our expert optometrists can give you a full eye health MOT, diagnose any problems and help get you seeing clearly again. It’s easy to spot astigmatism with a routine eye test, so we can have you sorted in no time.

What happens after I've been diagnosed with astigmatism?

If you’ve been diagnosed with astigmatism during your eye test, we can help get you living your life again without eye problems getting in the way.

Astigmatism can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses, or both if you want to switch up your look. Laser eye surgery can also fix astigmatism – we don’t currently offer the procedure, but you can get the lowdown on what to expect here.

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Take a peek at some of our fabulous frames here, or head in store for even more options. Our specially-trained staff (London School of Styling, no less) can advise you on what frames suit you best. Plus, with one of our great offers you could even walk away with two gorgeous pairs of glasses. Here’s looking at you, darling!

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