When the cornea has an irregular shape, it is called corneal astigmatism. When the shape of the lens is distorted, you have lenticular astigmatism. As a result of either type of astigmatism, your vision for both near and far objects appears blurry or distorted. It’s almost like looking into a fun house mirror in which you appear too tall, too wide or too thin.
People can be born with astigmatism — in fact, most people probably are born with some degree of astigmatism — and they may have it along with other refractive errors: Nearsightedness (Myopia) or Farsightedness (Hyperopia). While adults with a higher degree of astigmatism may realize their vision isn’t as good as it should be, children who have astigmatism symptoms may not be aware they have this condition, and are unlikely to complain about blurred or distorted vision. But uncorrected astigmatism can seriously impact a child’s ability to achieve in school and sports. That’s why it is crucial that children have regular eye exams to detect astigmatism or other vision problems as early as possible.
Three options exist for the treatment of astigmatism: glasses, contact lenses (either hard contact lenses or toric contact lenses), and astigmatism surgery.