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Astigmatism

Astigmatism, along with short sight and long sight, is a common cause of blurry vision. It's usually corrected with glasses or contact lenses.

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism means your eye is shaped more like a rugby ball than a football, so light is focused at more than one place in the eye.

This can cause:

Astigmatism normally occurs alongside short sight or long sight.

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

Important

Take your child for regular eye tests – astigmatism, as well as short sight or long sight, may affect their reading or concentration.

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What you can do for astigmatism

If astigmatism is affecting your eyesight, there are several ways to correct it.