What Is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a refractive error. The reason is an unevenly shaped cornea.
The uneven dome above the pupil causes the image to distort. The level of distortion depends on the angle of the curvature.
So, here's what the numbers on your prescription mean:
The strength of your astigmatism is listed as Cylinder (CYL) value on your prescription. The axis value describes the angle of the distortion.
If you want to reduce astigmatism in your prescription, you can only reduce the cylinder value. The axis has to stay the same. Otherwise, you'll get an even bigger distortion and headaches.
Is Astigmatism A Genetic Trait Or Disorder?
No! Like all refractive errors that are not a disease or medical condition, it's a result of your environment.
It's not a recessive trait. It's not a dominant trait. It's a condition that starts when the body-mind system is out of balance.
Is Astigmatism A Serious Condition or A Visual Impairment?
Depending how bad the astigmatism is, the distortion can be quite substantial. And glasses can impact and limit the patient's life by a fair bit.
Yet it's not a visual impairment. A visual impairment means that the patient literally can't function in life due to his or her eyesight.
While astigmatism can get quite bad, toric lenses and astigmatism lenses can correct a large refractive error. Plus, no matter how severe the astigmatism is, to cure astigmatism naturally is possible in most cases.
Astigmatism vs Lazy Eye
Astigmatism is a refractive error where the light in bent incorrectly into the eye. Therefore it doesn't fall correctly onto the retina. That then distorts the image.
So astigmatism comes down to a problem with the cornea.
With lazy eye, one eye doesn't align. Both eyes look are not aligned straight forward. Or one eyelid is not opening all the way.
In both cases, lazy eye is a problem of the outer eye muscles. It's not a problem of the cornea.
Can Astigmatism Lead To Lazy Eye?
Not likely. Because the irregular would have to affect the eye muscles. That's next to impossible.
Trying to compensate with certain body postures that constrain the eye muscles could lead to lazy eye. But that's an indirect effect.
The same goes that driving with severe astigmatism could lead to an accident which could lead to lazy eye. But all these are hypothetical, indirect causations.
Astigmatism vs Myopia
This time, both conditions are due to the cornea. The difference is that the refractive error of myopia is straight on. The light falls too short into the eyeball.
With nearsightedness, the cornea is too step. But the steep curve is regular and even.
Again, astigmatism is an irregular distortion.
The History of Astigmatism
Where Was Astigmatism Discovered?
Early records vary greatly. Quite a few people have reported symptoms like astigmatism for a few hundred years. So references to similar conditions appeared in England since the late 1700's.
The earliest written record come from Cambridge. It clearly defines astigmatism as we know it today.
So it was discovered in England.
When Was Astigmatism Discovered?
The exact date is difficult to define. Descriptions of an eye condition with similar symptoms started to appear in the mid to late 1700.
But the first official written reference appeared in February 1825. George Biddell Airy wrote a paper describing astigmatism as we know it today for the Cambridge Philosophical Society on the 21st.
Who Discovered Astigmatism?
Again, the early records give credit to various sources. William Cary described an eye condition similar to astigmatism in the 18th and 19th century.
Yet again, the first official written record comes from George Biddell Airy in his 1825 paper.
Who Invented Astigmatism Lenses And Glasses?
It's hard to pinpoint. Magnifying glasses first appeared in Italy in the 13th century. Smaller version to read came on to the scene pretty quickly.
A lens to correct astigmatism directly was invented in 1827. It is accredited to the English astronomer and mathematician Sr George Biddell Airy who wrote the first paper on the condition.
His model was just a handheld disc. Framed glasses like we know today were not common yet.
It is not know how he was able to determine the degree of correction he needed. Most likely he got there through trial and error. Because as an astronomer, he would have been used to work with lenses.
The degree of the axis distortion is unique for every patient. So his lens would have only worked for himself.
What Is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism (in Spanish "astigmatismo") is probably the most common eye problem today. It often comes with myopia or farsightedness at the same time.
Because just like near- and farsightedness, it's just a problem to direct light correctly onto the retina. The back part of your eye that has all the light receptor cells.
The difference with astigmatism is that the distortion is uneven. With myopia, the focusing error is even. It's the same from every angle.
With astigmatism, it's not. Here the shape of the cornea imperfect. It is irregular. So, what does it mean?
It means that your cornea fails to form the smooth, even, perfect cone over your pupil and iris that it's supposed to be. It's uneven and crook.
The interesting thing is that astigmatism is one of the most common refractive errors. Yet it is the easiest to correct and get rid of naturally. You can learn more about that on our page Correct Astigmatism.
If you checked on Yahoo Answers or in Tagalog before, you are probably really confused. Because people give very different answers to the same question.
That's because there are different types of astigmatism. Depending on how strong the corneal distortion is. Check our pages about Types Of Astigmatism to learn more. Plus, there is also lenticular astigmatism.
Are Toric And Astigmatism Lenses The Same?
Toric lenses are used to correct stronger astigmatism with myopia or farsightedness at the same time.
Here's the thing:
With myopia, the contact lenses have an easy job. Because the cornea is round and smooth, you can just fit a lens that offsets the refractive error. If it moves, no problem because the error is the same from all angles.
Not so much with astigmatism. The refractive error is at a specific angle because the cornea is not round and smooth. So when the contact lens is fit one the cornea, it has to stay in the same position.
So astigmatism lenses are not supposed to move.
Toric lenses are even more fixed. Which allows them to correct bigger errors. Because they are harder and smooth out the cornea more.
Therefore they are much harder to fit and lot more expensive than normal astigmatism lenses.
How Astigmatism Works?
It's actually quite simple.
Under normal conditions, in a healthy eye, your cornea forms a perfectly round and clear dome. It covers the area of your iris and pupil.
When astigmatism sets in, the shape of the dome distorts. It becomes an irregularly shaped cornea.
The reason for that we discuss in great detail here: Causes of Astigmatism.
The way the cornea distorts decided the type of astigmatism your eye specialist is going to label it.
The refractive error, so the distortion, is happening at a specific angle. To offset it, the common form of astigmatism treatment is glasses or contact lenses that make up for the imperfect shape at the specified angle.
Astigmatism surgery is also becoming more popular. The problem is that the irregularity tends to come back at different angles. The reason for that is that the root cause that causes the distortion in the first place stays after surgery.
Surgery, glasses, and contacts are a correction. They are not a long-term treatment. They don't cure astigmatism. There are natural ways to go about that. Check out our article about curing astigmatism.
What is Bad Astigmatism?
The other terms used here is "severe astigmatism". So when is it severe?
There are no clearly defined categories of severity. The question should be, how severely does astigmatism affect and possibly mess up your life?
The strength of the lens may determine at what range driving without lenses becomes dangerous. But the severity comes down to the impact astigmatism has on your life.
But no matter how bad your astigmatism is, it's likely that you can correct astigmatism naturally. To find out, take our free analysis test on the site. Click "Start Here" in the navigation bar.
When is Astigmatism minor?
Same answer here; there are no set categories for the degree of the condition. No matter what range you fall in, you should always try to improve it naturally, so you get rid of it altogether.
Whether it's -1 or -2 in your astigmatism prescription, just get rid of it. It's the easiest condition to eliminate of all of them.
When Does Astigmatism Start?
That question contains a few sub questions:
- what age does astigmatism start?There is no set age. Often it is a condition that appears in the teenage years. It is increasing in the last decade for a very specific reason we'll discuss below.
- how does astigmatism start?Here's where it's getting juicy. If you really want to find out what caused your astigmatism, you have to dig into the two years before your first prescription.
On the mental/emotional level, astigmatism has to do with the person not liking themselves the way they should. They try to distort their own image of themselves, which then manifests in astigmatism.
So where did that happen to you in the two years prior to your first prescription?
And that's why astigmatism is on the increase. In the age of social media, people are increasingly comparing their own lives, to the picture-perfect version of life that others project.
So, if you are not happy with yourself as a teenager already (lots of bullies will help with that), the show others put up on social media will do the rest to harm your self-image.
Fast forward two years from there, and here you go with astigmatism.
That raises the question...
Can Astigmatism Start Later In Life?
Sure, it can, at any stage. But the problem is always the same. It's a personal dislike of the self.
And yes, there is a good chance in today's world to have the same effects of social media on adults than it has on teens.
Who Can Get Astigmatism?
Basically anyone, at any age. As just explained above, the reason is a dislike for oneself. That can affect anyone at any age.
Who Gets Astigmatism? Who Does It Affect?
Any age group, any ethnic group, any gender, any race... There are no differences or genetic predispositions here. Astigmatism simply comes down to the mind distorting one's self-image to avoid emotional pain.
Who Has Astigmatism?
Again, any age group, all genders, all ethnic groups, all races... it's not a matter of genetics.
Where Does Astigmatism Occur?
The curvature manifest in the cornea. The cornea distorts, so it is unevenly shaped. But your mind could smooth out that imperfection.
Your eyes perceive light information at the back of your eyes. The receptor cells in the retina simply accumulate data about red, green, and blue light. Plus, they perceive levels of brightness.
The image perceived there is upside down.
Where Is The Image Formed?
That information is the sent down the optic nerve. And in the brain, your mind filters out 80 - 90% of that information. It flips, filters, and interprets the light information until you see a picture on the screen of your mind.
So, a simple distortion in the cornea is not enough to distort the picture you see. Otherwise, cross-eye people would never see a decent picture.
Your mind is capable of smoothing it out.
That means that the image is formed in the mind. Astigmatism has much more to do with your mind and your emotions.
To find out how your mind and emotions are affecting your astigmatism, click the "Start Here" link in the navigation bar.
Which Eye Has Astigmatism?
That's an interesting question. Usually, it's measured by the distortion of your cornea. But you can simply test your eyes one at a time.
Wherever you see the distortion more, that's the stronger affected eye.
Knowing which eye has stronger astigmatism will give you some guidance of where it really comes from.
We all have masculine and feminine energy in us. We have a masculine side to our being, and we have a feminine side to our being. That's not gender specific. It's the energies we have.
Both genders have both energies.
So, since astigmatism comes down to know really liking the self, the eye gives away which part of ourselves we are not happy with. Is it the masculine side, or the feminine side...
Any health condition you have in your body breaks down like this:
- if it's on the left side - it's feminine energy:The receiving part, taking in, the mother energy, the nurturing part of our being of the woman.
- if it's on the right side - it's the masculine energy:The giving out. Letting go. Protecting energies of the man. The father.
It can refer to mother and father figures in your life. Or it can just mean that you don't like yourself within these energies.
So find out which eye has stronger astigmatism in the way you see it. Then go back into your mental and emotional life of the two years before you got it. And then analyze where in your energies the problems occurred.
Of course, in the Pure Vision Method™ we help you heal all of that. To learn more, click "Start Here" above.
How & When Does Astigmatism Develop?
As explained above, astigmatism can develop at any age. When it occurs, it is only important to find out which emotional root causes you have.
People often ask me if it happens when reading...
It's the theory that used to circulate before computers came around. Because people believed that too much reading or reading in dim light would cause astigmatism.
That's just not the case.
If reading affects your eyesight, it is the way you sit. If you slouch, that's bad new for your eyesight.
But if you sit straight and keep your neck and shoulders lose, you'll be fine! That's confirmed by research.
The same goes for computers. They only affect your eyesight, if you get a tight neck and shoulders. If that area stays lose, your eyesight is not affected.
So, astigmatism doesn't occur because of reading or computer use. It appears because of emotional resentment towards yourself.
Why Is Astigmatism Bad?
Astigmatism is not necessarily bad. What it does to your life and health is the problem.
Because it's based on you not liking a part of yourself, it affects the way you live your life. Disliking yourself in any way shape of form is just bad for your long-term health.
The uneven shape of the cornea is not the bad part. But sticking contact lenses on top of it, is not good for your eye health.
Contact lenses restrict the oxygen flow to the cornea. That will weaken it even more. So it's counter-productive in the long-run.
Yet the urgency is in fixing the resentment you hold toward yourself. Because if you don't, it'll lead to general unhappiness, possibly depression, and just takes away from your experience of life.
How Astigmatism Looks Like…
Depending on the angle of your distortion, that's the axis value in your prescription of your astigmatism lens, you'll see a horizontal or vertical distortion.
So instead of looking at an object and see all the lines clearly, there will be a blur.
What Do You See With Horizontal Distortion?
Imagine you look at a traffic sign. So rather than seeing a clear and sharp sign, you look at something that looks like somebody blurred it out with a brush. Wiping the lines left and right.
What Do They See With Vertical Astigmatism?
Again, if you'd look at a street sign, the lines would be blurry. This time, the brush would move up and down to distort the picture.
It's kind of like drawing with water paint. When you drew a perfectly clear stop sign, you just take a wet brush and either move it left and right, or up and down to wash out the lines.
How Astigmatism Affects Your Vision?
Astigmatism is a refractive error. Meaning it's not an eye disease. It is a distortion of the lens. Because of that, the light doesn't bend correctly into the eye.
So the light doesn't fall onto the retina the way it should.
The effect is that you see a distorted picture.
In effect, with astigmatism, you see a picture that looks fuzzy around the outlines of objects you should be seeing clearly.
If astigmatism is strong, it'll be dangerous to drive without correction. Because you can see street signs clearly.
Also, reading becomes a pain because the letters distort.
Either way, you can correct astigmatism naturally in most cases. To find out if it is possible for you in your situation, click the "Start Here" button in the navigation bar.
Why Does Astigmatism Cause Fatigue?
Seeing blurry lines when they should be clear and sharp is tiring for the mind. The mind has to correct the picture constantly. It's trying to make sense out of what you see.
Mental activity consumes a lot of energy in the body. So having to work overtime just to make out the picture you see, is tiring.
That's also why astigmatism gets worse when you are tired.
When tired, the mind slows down. It doesn't have the capacity to constantly correct the blurry lines for you. So, you'll have more astigmatism in your visual field.
The easiest way to deal with that is to correct astigmatism naturally. Get rid of it, so you don't rely on detrimental contact lenses, and ease the pain on your mind.
When To Prescribe Astigmatism Glasses or Lenses?
The guiding principle optometrists go by; as early as possible.
The guiding principle you should go by; never, treat it naturally.
The problem with glasses is this; once you get your first pair, it'll get worse over time. Because glasses and astigmatism lenses don't remove the root causes for the condition.
Sure, they correct the refractive error. But you don't see a blurry picture just because of the refractive error.
Your mind plays a vital role in the eye condition.
Fact is, with astigmatism, there is a part of yourself that doesn't like what it sees in the mirror. It is a resentment of yourself.
So your mind does a good job to blur out what your emotional brain tries to avoid.
When you use a lens to redirect the light onto the retina differently, your mind is facing with a dilemma. It is now seeing clearly what it was trying to blur out.
Next thing you know, your mind is blurring it out again. Now you have moderate astigmatism.
Until your glasses are so strong, that they really inhibit your ability to see and think about yourself.
So the only way to really improve your astigmatism is to find out your specific root causes. Then, based on that information, find out if can you correct and treat astigmatism naturally.
Once you established that, get rid of it altogether and enjoy a happy, healthy life. Click here to get started.
When Does Astigmatism Stop?
After that, it is back to astigmatism lenses. Whether you use contacts or glasses, either way you get the same situation back. Just a few thousand dollars lighter.
So the only way is to find your root causes. Uncover if you can improve your eye conditions in your specific life situation. And then improve your vision by getting rid of these root causes altogether.
Our special analysis test is designed to do exactly that. Find your causes for astigmatism and if you can correct astigmatism naturally. Click here to get started now.
When Is Astigmatism Diagnosed?
Usually during an eye test. Patients often notice a distortion in their eyesight when reading or at night. And frequently during driving and looking at street signs too.
So they schedule an eye test.
The test is obviously set up to find eye problems. Because that way optometrists make money.
What they don't tell you during this early recognition phase is that you can improve astigmatism and get rid of naturally. Especially, if you have never worn glasses in the first place.
All you have to do is uncover your root causes. Establish if you can cure astigmatism naturally. And then use a holistic approach to restore your eyesight back to 20/20 vision.
When Does Astigmatism Stabilize?
Frankly, if you use glasses or lenses, only when they are strong enough to protect your emotional brain.
With surgery, you will only enjoy a short period of clarity. At least, according to statistics. You may be lucky and your surgery lasts. But therefore you need to uncover and get rid of your root causes as well.
Astigmatism surgery is not going to do this for you.
If you use a natural, holistic method to correct astigmatism altogether, it can stabilize within days. And then improve within a very short period of time.
If you follow the Pure Vision Method™, you'll get rid of 0.5 diopters of your prescription every week, until your astigmatism is gone.
The fastest way to get there, follow the steps below.