Astigmatism is an eyesight problem mainly caused by "incorrect curvature of the cornea", i.e. the cornea is slightly oval in shape instead of being spherical.
Astigmatics have imprecise near and far vision their peripheral vision is unclear and they cannot clearly distinguish certain shapes and details or see contrasts clearly between horizontal, vertical or oblique lines.
Astigmatism may be combined with other eyesight problems such as myopia, hypermetropia or presbyopia.
Astigmatism is very common among young children and can have a negative impact on academic success since it causes confusion between letters and numbers.
Astigmatism is corrected by means of a toric lens (curved and of varying thickness at the edges). This lens is designed to compensate the defect of the cornea and correct the axis of the astigmatism. The difference in thickness at the edge of the lens is therefore greater the stronger the astigmatism.
Recent advances mean we can offer you very light, increasingly flat lenses. Gone are the days of thick and heavy lenses - you will wear your glasses with pleasure and comfort.