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What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a vision condition that can cause blurred vision at any distance. Astigmatism is due to either the irregular shape of the cornea, the clear front cover of the eye, or the irregular curvature of the lens inside the eye. As a result, the light entering the eye cannot focus correctly and therefore objects appear blurred.

Astigmatism is very common and most people have some degree of astigmatism. Astigmatism can be genetically inherited and is usually present from birth. Low amounts of astigmatism usually don't require any correction. Larger amounts may be optically corrected with contact lenses, glasses and in some cases laser surgery. The friendly Optometrists at The Eye Practice have the expertise to advise you on the various ways astigmatism can be corrected and will help you to decide which option is best for you.

PLEASE READ: The information given under Eye Conditions is of a general nature and is not intended to be advice on any particular matter. Please take the appropriate Optometrical advice before acting on any information given under Eye Conditions of The Eye Practice web-site.

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