Astigmatism is a common vision issue that affects nearly one-third of people across the globe. Some patients are born with this condition, while others develop it over time, often in childhood or early adulthood.
Caused by a misshapen lens or cornea, astigmatism negatively affects a patient’s vision, making it difficult to see clearly. But what does astigmatism look like? In this article, we’re addressing common complications patients with astigmatism tend to experience.
Astigmatism Makes Everything Look Blurry
Astigmatism is an issue with the curvature of the eye. Either the lens, cornea, or both can line up incorrectly to create vision problems for the patient. In a well-aligned eye, light will hit a single focal point to create a clear image. However, astigmatism causes light to hit multiple focal points in the eye, resulting in blurred vision.
Unlike myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness), distance does not matter with astigmatism. Nearby objects are just as blurry as objects that are far away.
Astigmatism Can Look Shadowy
For some people with astigmatism, objects can appear shadowy. Caused by the same focal point issue as blurry vision, incorrect eye curvature can make it look like every object has a translucent, ghost-like shadow.
Whether a patient sees objects as blurry or shadowy, they certainly do not see with clear vision.
Astigmatism Makes Lights Look Fuzzy at Night
Astigmatism can cause a patient’s vision to worsen at night. Pupils dilate in dark or darkened spaces to let in more light, allowing you to see better while you navigate in low light.
However, astigmatism will cause any light to appear extra blurry and make it more difficult for the patient to see. Patients with astigmatism often report seeing excessive glare from streetlights or halos around headlights, making it difficult to drive at night.
If you struggle with vision clarity, schedule an eye exam with Eyesight Associates.
Our doctors will perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine if your complications stem from astigmatism. If detected, we will help you choose corrective solutions like eyeglasses, contact lenses, or LASIK surgery. Schedule your exam with us today: 478-923-5872