Astigmatism
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What is Astigmatism & How Do You Know if You Have One?

As a Mom, your kids have come first ever since they were born. You’ve always gone out of your way to ensure that they have everything they need to lead healthy, happy lives. And that goes for everything from ensuring that they eat a nutritious, home cooked meal every day to making sure that their eyes and hearing are top notch.

Yet, while you take your kids to get their eyes tested regularly, you may not be as aware as you thought about what’s going on with your own eyesight. If you always had great vision in your youth, you may have assumed that you’d continue to have great eyesight long into old age. But if you’ve noticed that sometimes things are getting a little blurry or that reading is harder than it used to be, you may have astigmatism in one of your eyes. Don’t worry, it’s nothing to worry about, but you’ll want to get the best quality eyeglasses your budget will allow to save yourself eye strain, discomfort, and inconvenience. We’ll get to the telltale signs that you may have astigmatism shortly, but first…

What is an astigmatism? 

Astigmatism sounds scary, but it’s way less serious than it sounds. It essentially means that one of your eyes is not perfectly spherical and is ever so slightly ovoid like a football. This in turn can affect the way your eye lets light in. It can let light in more than one place. 

Why didn’t this affect you in your younger years? No, your eyeball hasn’t changed shape. The brain is actually pretty good at compensating for an astigmatism. However, when we get into our 30s, our brains get a little tired, and we may need a helping hand from some corrective lenses. 

Let’s take a look at some of the signs that you have an astigmatism in one of your eyes…

Temporary blurring of vision

Your eyes used to see in super sharp clarity. And while they still see very well, every now and then you find that things get a little blurry. Especially when you’re reading a license plate, a book or the credits of a movie in the theater. White text on a blakc background (or vice versa) can be problematic for those with an astigmatism. 

Astigmatism


Headaches

When we have astigmatism, we have to work a little harder to see. And this involves more chemical activity in the brain and straining of tiny muscles while we squint to better see past the temporary blurring and distortion that can occur with astigmatism. This in turn may prove a cause of more headaches. If you’re suffering from headaches more than you used to and your vision lacks its previous crystal clarity, this may be a telling symptom.

Difficulty seeing at night

When our eyes only have a limited amount of light to work with, they can’t process it as efficiently with an astigmatism. As such, if you’ve begun to notice that your night vision has deteriorated, this may be a further symptom. 

If you notice the above symptoms, see your optometrist as soon as possible. They’ll be able to make recommendations to prevent it from bringing inconvenience to your life. 

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14 Comments

  1. Lyka Mitra says:

    May ganyan po ang eldest ko kaya hirap na hirap po siya sa school kaya nung pinasalaminan namin po siya um-okey po yung paningin niya..

  2. merrynell serrano says:

    Right mamu , I take more care of the health of my kids

  3. sosingerica says:

    Thank you for sharing this to us mamu. Atleast maging aware po kami sa mga signs and symptoms ng Astigmatism. Para po habang maaga maaga pan po eto at maipatingin sa ophthalmologist.😊 Important po na malaman natin ang tamang pag aalaga ng ating mga mata. 😊

  4. Michelle Anne Tumulak says:

    Thankyou for sharing Mamu ako naman blurry na talaga paningin ko last check up 200-200 both eyes ko.. ngayun di pako nkakapa check up ulit.😢

  5. David SancheznietteAnto says:

    Thanks sa information na to mamu hindi ko alam kung ito ganyan ba talaga tawag sakin kasi pag malayo blurry na yung tao at yung maliliit na letter kahit medyo malapit sya malabo nadin sakin kailangan ko na nga talaga mag pasalamin meron na ako salamin dati kaso nawala kaya salamat talaga sa pagshare nito kasi isa sa sintomas ko yung masakit ang ulo lalo na kung pinipilit ko maging malinaw or makita yung nasa malayo kagit nga bus kung hindi oa lalapit sa harap ko hindi ko mababasa kung saan way sya papunta…

  6. Rizza Beniza says:

    Thanks for sharing this Mamu 2015 non nalaman ko may Astigmatism ako ang hirap din ng nakasalamin lalo na pag nagluluto saka ngaun naka mask nag momoist sa salamin 😅

  7. Bessie Ramos says:

    Thankyou for this i think i have minsan ganito ako ndi pla siya normal

  8. Roxanne Aricaya says:

    Thank you for sharing your ideas about astigmatism mamu…its for everybody’s awareness din para alam nila kung ano yun at ang symptoms..

  9. MA D EL says:

    Thanks for sharing Mamu,minsan ganyan Po ako.

  10. Antoniette Sanchez David says:

    I think ganto ang tawag sa nararanasan ko sa mata ko lalo pag malayuan hindi ko na talaga makita kung sino or ano ang pagdatingpag pinilit ko namab makita sumasakit ulo ko kahit nga malalapit na letra basta maliit hindi ko na mababasa kailangan ko na talaga mag pasalamin

  11. Jeng Manalo says:

    Thanks for this mamu, magandang habang maaga palang maagapan na ang astigmatism para di lumala.

    1. jenguita says:

      thanks for sharing mamu.

  12. Apple Chick says:

    Prevention is better than cure. Ingatan ang ating mga mata habang maaga pa to avoid astigmatism. Thanks for this mamu lalo nat mga oamangkin ko halos babad ng matagal sa cp nila. Lets use social media in a safe way. ♡♡♡

  13. Chan Jen Clemente says:

    super ingat dapat talaga sa ating mga mata mamu . mahirap pag eyesight ang nagkaproblema. affected lahat.

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