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Astigmatism comes in two types: regular and irregular.

Regular occurs when the cornea is carved in more directions, causing a distortion. Irregular astigmatism is far less common, but the curative in the cornea in irregular astigmatism is not even compared to the regular one. Irregular astigmatism can also lead to eye injuries and other damages to the cornea. Sometimes it can cause other eye conditions to occur, such as keratoconus.

Signs and Symptoms

The most common symptoms of astigmatism are headaches, eye strains, blurred vision from any distance and lots of squinting. In some people (not everyone), there can be small traces of astigmatism in their eyes, yet it’s barely noticeable, unlike other eye cases. These cases are more noticeable in small children as they’re not fully aware of their vision capabilities, unlike a grown-up. There can also be cases where there are no symptoms shown to those that do have astigmatism.  

In order to see if you do have astigmatism, it is best to consult with an eye doctor and make an appointment with them so that if you do have astigmatism, then it can be corrected in the best way possible. For children, it is highly recommended as they’re unaware of their vision to visit an eye doctor yearly. Once the eye doctor determines whether or not you do have astigmatism, and how to correct your vision from it.

Correcting Astigmatism

Astigmatism is mostly corrected through the use of prescription glasses, contact lenses, or every eye surgery such as LASIK. Many choose to go the glasses route as they contain a round cylinder shape in the prescription that helps to correct their astigmatism. It is also added into other types of prescriptions that correct other eye conditions, such as myopia and hyperopia to correct the meridians of each eye.

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