What causes astigmatism?
Astigmatism is usually something you’re born with, although it can develop later on in life due to age-related changes. It’s not clear why it happens, but it’s most likely linked to your genetics. You’re also more likely to have astigmatism if you’re short- or long-sighted.
Astigmatism could develop after:
- An eye injury
- Eye surgery
- An eye disease
What help is available?
In most cases, astigmatism is easily corrected with either glasses, specialised contact lenses (called toric lenses), or even surgery.
Your optician will be able to detect astigmatism during a routine eye test, and they’ll recommend the best option for you.
Did you know an eye test could save your life?
For some of our customers, an appointment with Specsavers has not only saved their vision but in some cases it has saved their lives.
We’re working with the National Council for the Blind Ireland (NCBI) to defend the nation against avoidable sight loss, and support those with eyesight difficulties.