Have You Developed Astigmatism?

One of the most common eye disorders people of all ages can develop is astigmatism. Nonetheless, despite how normal it is, a good number of adults do not know how to tell if they have this issue. When you develop astigmatism, it means that your cornea's curvature has become compromised. And although astigmatism is not life-threatening and does not pose the threat of vision loss, it is accompanied by uncomfortable side effects that can make your daily life quite frustrating. Fortunately, once an optometrist diagnoses this eye condition, it can easily be remedied by wearing a pair of prescription spectacles or contacts. Since some people may not know they have astigmatism, here are three of the signs that you should keep a lookout for.

Challenges with night driving

Since your cornea's curvature has changed, you will find that you start to develop problems with processing light. As a result, this can cause significant impairment to your vision when you are driving at night. The changes in the way your eyes process light can cause you some issues during the day, and these issues are substantially pronounced once it is dark. Therefore, if you start to notice that you are experiencing challenges with streetlights, headlights from oncoming traffic and so on, then you should set up an appointment with your optometrist.

Recurring headaches

The moment that you start to experience frequent headaches without having made any significant changes to your routine, you should be alerted to potential underlying health problems that need to be addressed. One of the possible reasons for these recurring headaches is the onset of astigmatism. When you are suffering from undiagnosed and untreated astigmatism, your eyes will be under significantly more strain. In the beginning, this will manifest in you being unusually lethargic and feeling like you need to nap to give your eyes a rest. While some people may confuse this with eyestrain from working at a computer all day, having persistent headaches should make you contact your optometrist to have your eyes checked.

Hazy vision

Another symptom of possible astigmatism is when you find it difficult to distinguish people or things that are far off. Usually associated with short-sightedness, blurry vision is also a direct result of having your cornea's curvature jeopardised. It would be smart to see your optometrist to be sure of the cause, be it near-sightedness or astigmatism, so that the vision problems do not become aggravated.