How To Tell If You Have An Astigmatism

Have you had perfect vision for your whole life, but your vision is starting to get a bit weird? If so, you may be developing an astigmatism that will require glasses to correct it. This is when the eye's front surface is curved incorrectly, which is a problem that can develop over time. Here are some signs that you have an astigmatism.

Blurry Vision 

One of the most obvious signs is going to be blurry vision. Even if you require no magnification to correct your vision, an astigmatism can cause your vision to become more blurry as it becomes worse. Do not be surprised if you have your eyes examined and the problem is just an astigmatism.

Distorted Images

You may notice that certain things look a bit distorted when you look at them, but you may not be sure why. For example, a circular object may not look like it is an exact circle, or it might be skewed in some way with your vision. This is a direct result of the different curvatures of your eye causing things to look distorted. 

Eye Discomfort or Strain

Have you noticed any eye discomfort develop over time? You may find that your eyes are twitching after you get home from work or looking at a screen for an extended period of time. You may also experience eye pain and be unsure why it is happening. Even a slight astigmatism can cause this sort of discomfort, which can thankfully be corrected with glasses or contacts.


A symptom of eye strain can sometimes be red eyes. Take a look at your eyes when you are experiencing discomfort, and see if you notice any redness. While redness can happen due to things such as allergies, an astigmatism can be associated with some other symptoms as well. 

Light Sensitivity

Are your eyes more sensitive to light than they once were? You may find it difficult to watch TV in a very dark room or drive at night with other vehicles headlights pointing right towards you. You may also notice halos around bright lights when they are contrasted against dark backgrounds, such as street lights as you are driving down the road.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to have your eyes inspected by an optometrist. They can let you know what kind of problem you have and recommend the necessary corrections to fix your vision. 

To learn more, contact an eye doctor.