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Have you heard of astigmatism? This common condition occurs when the eye isn’t perfectly rounded like a soccer ball, but instead is uneven and shaped more like a football. It’s not known exactly why this happens, but genetics and prior eye damage are thought to be contributing factors. The trouble with astigmatism is that it alters the way that light passes through the eyes, making it a refractive eye error just like near or farsightedness.
Eye conditions are very common and there are a number of different types which can affect us, often at any point of our lifetime. Many are fairly minor and will resolve themselves without intervention. However, others are chronic or serious and need an eye doctor to diagnose them and recommend the most effective treatment to preserve your eyesight and your quality of life.