What Are The Symptoms Of Astigmatism
There are a lot of astigmatism symptoms. But the signs and symptoms of astigmatism are not always clear cut. Some people perceive symptoms of other eye conditions and think it's astigmatism...
In other cases, patients think they suffer from double vision or blurry vision, but it's in fact astigmatism in the eye.
So what symptoms can astigmatism cause and what does it cause is often wildly different. To understand that, let's have a look how astigmatism affects your vision.
When you have astigmatism of the eye, you have a refractive error. Meaning that the light that falls into your pupil does not bend into the eye as it is supposed to. So it doesn't fall onto the light receptor on your retina correctly. That causes a blurry or distorted image.
So astigmatism of the eye is not a disease. It's an irregular shape of the cornea. The clear dome on top of the pupil and iris is not smooth. And it affects your vision in a way that the image distorts.
Imagine one of those glass bricks for bathrooms. The reason you can't see clearly through them is that the surface is not smooth. The irregularity on the surface is causing the blurry image, so you keep your privacy.
That's why astigmatism causes objects to appear blurry.
Common Client Questions:
Can Astigmatism Cause Anisocoria?
No, astigmatism can't cause one pupil to be larger than the other. It is a problem of the cornea. That is the clear dome that covers the pupil. If one pupil is larger than the other that is below the surface.
The reason for that is different.
In rare circumstances astigmatism could possibly cause the illusion of anisocoria. But the likelihood that the irregular cornea gives the impression on an enlarged pupil is slim to none.
So, most likely, astigmatism does not cause your unequal pupils...
Can Astigmatism Cause Anxiety?
It's possible when you first get astigmatism and don't know yet what it is. Even if it gets untreated, it's very unlikely that a person gets anxiety simply from a distorted image.
Sure, astigmatism has a psychological aspect to it. It's one of the major root causes. But the emotion attached to that is resentment. It's not anxiety.
It's a fear of really seeing yourself as you are. Yet that's not strong enough to lead to anxiety.
Having said that, the root causes for anxiety can play a factor in developing astigmatism. Weak kidney energy is a big factor for anxiety. And weak kidneys will also speed up the development of astigmatism.
So the causation could be the other way round. More that anxiety causes astigmatism to develop faster.
It won't be the root cause, but can speed up the development to notice signs and symptoms of astigmatism.
Does Astigmatism Cause Bad Eyesight?
Sure! If untreated astigmatism will cause bad eyesight. The reason is simple:
An untreated refractive error will distort the image your perceive. If you just leave it and don't treat it, you may try to compensate for it. That can make your eyesight worse.
And if you try to correct astigmatism with glasses, your eyesight will definitely get worse. Reason being that you never get rid of the root causes.
You are simply trying to force your eyes to accept a new reality. Your eyes and brain didn't like that reality in the first place, so they will "downgrade" to accommodate the change.
That means you'll get stronger glasses. That's why you keep getting stronger glasses. Because your emotional root causes, the fear of really seeing yourself and the resentment toward yourself are still there.
So you have to find out if you can correct astigmatism naturally in your case. They start to remove the root causes holistically one by one. Click here to get started.
Can Astigmatism Cause Balance Issues?
Again, only when you first get it. When your mind is in a confused state about why you are seeing blurry, maybe.
But usually, the onset of astigmatism is so gradual that your brain doesn't get confused as such. So balance problems are really a different issue.
Balance issues and anxiety are usually due to scattered thinking. To weak kidney energy and other issues in your health.
What does cause balance problems is issues in your hearing. So you may want to investigate that.
Does Astigmatism Cause Blindness?
No! Astigmatism is a refractive error. It's not an eye disease. Meaning, it doesn't damage your eye nerve or your eye tissue.
The light simply doesn't fall into your eye the way it should. Because there is a distortion in your cornea.
Astigmatism can cause a very, very blurry image. But it doesn't damage the vital parts of your eye. So even the worst refractive error is correctable.
So astigmatism can cause you to go blind.
Can Astigmatism Cause Depth Perception Problems?
Bad depth perception can be the result of the refractive error that astigmatism is. But does astigmatism cause depth perception issues?
It can, but it doesn't have to.
What happens is that the outlines of everything you look at are blurry. The image you perceive is distorted left-right or vertically up-down. So that can cause issues in the way you see distances between objects.
Yet more often than not depth perception issues are due to other factors. If it comes with astigmatism, it's usually because only one eye is affected.
If both eyes have the condition, it's unlikely to cause depth perception problems.
Can Astigmatism Cause Blind Spots?
No. That would be an issue with the retina and the cone cells that perceive the light information in the eye.
Again, astigmatism is a refractive error. It doesn't damage any tissue. It's simply an irregular shape of the cornea that bends the light incorrectly.
Therefore astigmatism can't cause blind spots. If you have any, get them checked to know exactly what it is. Then you can look for a treatment. But you have to know what's causing blind spots.
Can Astigmatism Cause Blinking?
Blinking is a natural function of the eye. So astigmatism will not cause blinking.
If you are referring to a twitch, so excessive blinking, the answer is also no. Astigmatism does not cause excessive blinking either.
Blinking is a nerve impulse of the out muscles around the eyes. Astigmatism is a shape problem of the cornea. That's a big difference.
Astigmatism has nothing to do with nerve impulses or eye muscles.
The blurriness of the vision could maybe cause someone to try to blink the blurry vision away. But that would be for a very short period of time. And it's not an unconscious blinking impulse.
That would be a conscious effort.
So astigmatism will not cause blinking. You have to dig deeper into your nervous system health to find underlying issues there.
Can Astigmatism Cause Blurry Vision?
Not only can astigmatism cause blurry vision, astigmatism does and will cause blurry vision for sure.
Because it is a refractive error. Which means that the light that falls into the eye ends up in the wrong spot. It's not aligned.
That's what's causing the blurry vision.
Can you get rid of the blurry vision? Sure, you can correct astigmatism naturally. You just have to find out if it can work for you. Discover your root causes. And then get rid of your root causes one by one holistically. Click here to get started.
Can Astigmatism Cause Brain Fog?
Anything that causes distorted vision will leave you with brain fog. Especially if you don't treat astigmatism. Because your mind has to spend a lot of energy trying to see clearly.
You'd be best advised to correct astigmatism naturally.
Can Astigmatism Cause Cataracts?
With cataracts, the lens clouds up.
The reason is too much toxicity that settles in the lens. That's why cataracts is synonymous with diabetes. Diabetes patients' bodies calcify. There is too much toxicity floating around.
The body has to put it somewhere. And part of that sediment is ending up in the lens.
So, if you have cataracts, or you are starting to notice some clouding up of your lens, you have to detox fast. You have to get a handle on your toxicity and calcification level.
Astigmatism is not responsible for that. Your diet has a lot more to do with that...
Can Astigmatism Cause Death?
Unless you have really strong astigmatism and drive without glasses or lenses... no!
It's a refractive error in the eye. Astigmatism is not a medical condition or a disease. It's not going to kill you... unless you drive with dangerously blurry vision, operate machines with it, or do something not smart without correction.
Can Astigmatism Cause Depression?
Interesting question... a refractive error will not trigger depression. Meaning when you see a blurry picture, you may get confused for a bit. You may experience brain fog. You may get tired more easily.
But it will not cause depression.
What about the other way around? Does depression cause astigmatism?
So what is depression? It's an intense feeling of hopelessness. You are feeling stuck.
And it can be an intense feeling of resentment toward yourself. If that's the case, the depression can trigger astigmatism. So your mind can blur out what it doesn't want to look at.
Because astigmatism occurs when your emotional brain tries to avoid to look at your life openly and honestly.
So, astigmatism does not cause depression. Yet depression could cause astigmatism.
Can Astigmatism Cause Distorted Vision?
Again, that's the definition of astigmatism. It's exactly what a refractive error does. It distorts vision.
So, yes, astigmatism does cause distorted vision and will distort your eyesight to double vision.
Can Astigmatism Cause Dizziness, Lightheadedness, or Vertigo?
Yes, if not treated correctly. Uncorrected astigmatism can lead to lightheadedness, dizziness, and vertigo. But also glasses and astigmatism lenses can lead to dizziness and vertigo.
Because way too often the prescription is too high. Or it's not accurate.
So if you are stuck with glasses or lenses that are not accurate, astigmatism will cause dizziness for you.
But astigmatism does not have to cause dizziness. You can correct it naturally.
Can Astigmatism Cause Double Vision?
Astigmatism distorts the image. You see the outlines of shapes blurry. They look like brushed left and right, or up and down.
So, if you have diplopia or binocular double vision, it may be that you just have astigmatism. That the reason for your double vision is astigmatism.
Astigmatism causes distorted vision. And that can cause the appearance of double vision.
Slight double vision can be an early warning sign of astigmatism. Dig a bit deeper. Click here to find out what's causing it.
Can Astigmatism Cause Ptosis?
A droopy eyelid is an issue with the out muscles around the eye. It's has nothing to do with the cornea.
Astigmatism is a refractive error that occurs on the cornea. It's not related to the muscles controlling the eyelid. So astigmatism does not and will not cause droopy eyelid or ptosis.
Can Astigmatism Cause Dry Eyes or Itchy Eyes?
No, not really. Dry eyes is an issue where your eyes are missing essential fatty acids and water. And staring at computer screens is drying eyes out faster.
So astigmatism does not cause dry eyes or itchy eyes because it's a refractive error on your cornea. It can not dry out your eyes.
Your eyes are moist because of your tears. Your tears consist of water, oil, and mucus. So you need a healthy amount of good fats in your diet. If you are on a low-fat diet or consume a lot of processed foods, you are lacking good fats.
Plus, most people just don't drink enough water.
Combine that with staring at computer screens, you get dry eyes. But that has nothing to do with astigmatism.
Can Astigmatism Cause Eye Floaters?
These are two different issues. Astigmatism is a refractive error that only affects your cornea and how the light falls into your eyes.
Floaters are a more medical condition that is related to your liver health. When you see a lot of floaters, you are dehydrated and your liver is working too hard.
Meaning you have to drink more water and pay attention to your health. You need to detox and make sure your diet is supporting your liver health. Plus your liver energy, which is a totally different ballgame.
Either way, astigmatism does not and will not cause floaters. Your lifestyle causes that.
Does Astigmatism Cause Dyslexia?
Astigmatism can cause problems to read. Because the letters are not sharp, blurry, and unclear. But that's not dyslexia.
Dyslexia is an emotional blockage to learning. Astigmatism has very little to do with that.
On the other hand; if you have dyslexia and you beat yourself up over it, that can be a root cause for astigmatism.
When you have astigmatism you don't like to see a part of yourself that you dislike. Your mind blurs out a part of yourself that you resent.
If you dislike your dyslexia so strongly that it becomes emotionally painful. If you try to avoid that part of yourself. You may very well develop astigmatism to blur that out.
So astigmatism will not cause dyslexia. But dyslexia can be a root cause for astigmatism.
Can Astigmatism Cause Eye Irritation?
Not in the sense that you want to rub your eyes. Astigmatism contacts may do that, but it's because of the lens. Not because of astigmatism.
Astigmatism is only an issue with the cornea. The cornea is deformed. But that doesn't lead to discomfort. It leads to a distorted image.
Eye irritation would be related to dry eyes. Or to allergies. Or to wearing contact lenses. Not to a refractive error.
Can Astigmatism Cause Eye Pain?
Again, astigmatism is not an eye disease. It's simple an irregular shape of your cornea. So eye pain will have another root cause.
If it persist, see a doctor and measure your eye pressure. And get a proper examination of your eye to know what it is.
Astigmatism will not cause eye pain.
Can Astigmatism Cause Eye Pressure or Glaucoma?
No. The reason for eye pressure is glaucoma. Glaucoma is an eye disease where fluids get trapped behind the cornea. Fluids get stuck on the way out. That raises the eye pressure.
The reason is hormonal imbalances most of the time.
Astigmatism is a refractive error, an irregular shape of the cornea to the front. It will not affect the fluid movement behind the cornea.
If you have high IOP make sure you cure glaucoma naturally. Eye drops will only make you dependent upon them.
But astigmatism does not and will not cause glaucoma or eye pressure.
Can Astigmatism Cause Eye Strain?
If you don't correct astigmatism and it's quite strong, sure. Because you'll try to squint and do something to compensate for the refractive error.
That will put tension on your eyes. So, this case, astigmatism will and does cause eye strain.
The solution is very simple: find out if you can improve your astigmatism naturally. Then correct it naturally and holistically. Your eyestrain will go away as well.
Can Astigmatism Cause Eye Twitching?
This is similar to the question about blinking. Again, astigmatism is a problem of your cornea. Twitching, like excessive blinking, is a nervous issue. It's an overactive nerve impulse.
Astigmatism does not cause twitching because it has nothing to do with nerve impulses. It's merely an uneven cornea.
If you have eye twitching and it persists, go to a doctor to get it checked.
Does Astigmatism Cause Eyes To Cross?
No, it can't. Cross-eye has to do with misaligned outer eye muscles. As mentioned before, astigmatism is only a problem of the cornea.
So it has nothing to do with the alignment of your eye muscles. So astigmatism does not and will not cause your eyes to cross. Astigmatism will not cause strabismus.
If your eyes are crossed, check out our information about strabismus.
Can Astigmatism Cause Farsightedness?
Both are refractive errors. Meaning both cases the cornea is shaped incorrectly.
So these two conditions often co-exist. But it's not that one causes the other. Farsightedness is a fear of the present. Not wanting to see one's present life.
Trying to blur out all the resentment of life. The could have's and should have's.
Astigmatism is the fear of the self. Trying to blur out things you don't really like about yourself.
So both conditions often co-exist. But astigmatism does not cause farsightedness. It's like its brother...
Can Astigmatism Cause Fatigue, Sleepiness & Tiredness?
Yes, it sure can. Especially if you don't correct astigmatism.
Why does astigmatism cause fatigue and tiredness?
Because your mind has to correct your blurry vision constantly. And that costs a lot of energy. That will easily lead to sleepiness
The unnecessary mental work will cause your mind to tire out. It'll cause mental fatigue and mental fog.
So when you notice astigmatism, make sure you correct it naturally as fast as possible. Click here to get started.
Can Astigmatism Cause Ghost Images, Ghosting, Halos, or Glare?
Astigmatism causes a blurry image. It distorts the outlines objects you look at. Some of these can blend into ghost images, ghosting, halos, or glare.
Especially when you are tired and fatigue.
Ghosting, ghost images, halos, and glare often appear after astigmatism surgery. These are some of the most common side-effects of the eye surgery procedure. And they affect a lot more patients than we are lead to believe.
So, if you had astigmatism surgery lately and you experience ghost images, ghosting, and glare, see your surgeon to check up.
Otherwise, whether you had surgery or not, if you experience any astigmatism symptoms, check if you can treat astigmatism naturally.
Can Astigmatism Cause Focusing Problems?
Yes, sure. With astigmatism, it's hard to focus. Because your mind is trying to compensate for your distorted vision.
When you read, it's trying to make the letters sharp. The same for writing. When you look at your computer screen your mind has to merge the image and make up for the blurry vision.
So there is a lot of mental fog and mental activity going on. So astigmatism will cause focusing problems, and with that fatigue.
The best way is to correct it naturally, so you have no astigmatism at all anymore. Because even when you wear astigmatism glasses or lenses the problem is there.
Your vision changes dynamically throughout the day. So how bad astigmatism is, fluctuates throughout the day. So even if you wear astigmatism lenses or corrective eyeglasses, your mind still has to compensate for most of the day.
Because the correction of your prescription is either too high or too low throughout most of the day.
Can Astigmatism Cause Headaches, Dizziness, Migraines, or Ocular Migraines?
Yes. Even mild astigmatism can cause headaches. If you get severe headaches, migraines, or ocular migraines everyday, it's probably something else.
But if you get a headache here and there, astigmatism definitely can cause that.
Why and how astigmatism causes headaches?
Astigmatism does cause headaches because your mind has to compensate for the refractive error. Most of the day astigmatism glasses and lenses are either too weak or too strong.
And tension headaches usually appear when your astigmatism lens is too strong.
Here's the deal; your vision changes dynamically throughout the day. The strength of your prescription is not constant. So for large portions of the day, your constant astigmatism prescription is just off.
That causes you to strain your eyes. That then causes headaches.
Best solution; cure astigmatism naturally, so you don't have to deal with any of it!
Can Astigmatism Cause High Blood Pressure?
Hypertension or high blood pressure is a medical condition. Astigmatism is a refractive error or your cornea. Astigmatism will not cause hypertension.
The root causes are very different. You need an entirely different doctor to check high blood pressure.
Can Astigmatism Cause Keratoconus?
No. Keratoconus is an eye disease. It's a medical condition where the cornea is too weak and deforms.
Yes, astigmatism is a refractive error, so an uneven shape of the cornea. But it's not because of a weak cornea makeup.
With keratoconus, the cornea is lacking essential minerals. That leads to the weakness.
So early stages of keratoconus may look like and get diagnose as astigmatism. But astigmatism does not and will not cause keratoconus.
Can Astigmatism Cause Lazy Eye or Amblyopia?
Amblyopia, like strabismus, is a problem with the outer eye muscles. Astigmatism is a refractive error. Meaning is just a deformation of the cornea.
So astigmatism does not and will not cause lazy eye or amblyopia. It's a problem with the eye muscles. You can find out more on our amblyopia section.
Because can also treat amblyopia naturally.
Does Astigmatism Cause Light Sensitivity or Photophobia?
No. Astigmatism causes blurry vision and distorted vision. But photophobia or light sensitivity has other causes.
If you have sensitivity to light on a regular basis, go and get your retina checked. Be sure you don't have any issues there.
Can Astigmatism Cause Nausea Or Motion Sickness?
Unlikely. There is nothing moving in the distorted vision caused by astigmatism. Motion sickness is a fear of not being control.
There is nothing that indicates astigmatism does or will cause nausea or motion sickness.
Can Astigmatism Cause Myopia?
Astigmatism and nearsightedness or myopia are like brother and sister. They go hand in hand very often. Similar to farsightedness.
Both conditions are refractive errors. Meaning the light bends incorrectly into the eye. The only difference; the refractive error is aligned straight ahead with myopia. The light falls too short in front of the retina.
With astigmatism the cornea shape is uneven.
So these conditions often coexist. But one doesn't cause the other.
Thus astigmatism does not and will not cause myopia. Rather, they come together.
Can Astigmatism Cause Neck Pain?
No, but neck pain can be an indication for the root causes of astigmatism. You see, in a studio in 1991 in Japan researchers discovered that tension in neck and shoulders caused myopia.
Myopia is a refractive error. So most likely it's also a root cause for astigmatism.
So the neck pain was there first. It's more likely that the neck pain is connected to astigmatism developing. And it's unlikely that astigmatism does or will cause neck pain.
Can Astigmatism Cause Night Vision Problems?
Astigmatism distorts vision. Of course, that will lead to poor night vision. Simply because vision is always worse at night.
And with astigmatism causing lines and shapes to smear and blur. It will make it very hard to see at night.
So astigmatism does cause bad night vision. Astigmatism will cause night blindness.
Therefore it is especially important to correct astigmatism. Preferably naturally, so you get rid of it altogether. Because even if you correct astigmatism with lenses or glasses, what if you lose them at night.
You'll be lost like a babe in the woods...
Can Astigmatism Cause Nystagmus?
Nystagmus is an involuntary movement of the eye. Astigmatism is a problem of the cornea. So no, astigmatism does not and will not cause nystagmus.
That's a problem with the nervous system. It's related to the outer eye muscles.
Can Astigmatism Cause Pain Behind Eye?
Highly unlikely. Eye strain from squinting, okay. But astigmatism does not cause eye pain.
If you have eye pain behind the eye, it's best to get your eye pressure checked. Find out what's really causing it. Because astigmatism will not cause pain behind the eyes.
Can Astigmatism Cause Panic Attacks?
The only connection could be weak kidney energy. But astigmatism for sure does not and will not cause panic attacks.
If they persist, check with a holistic healer. Work with a nutritionist, to support your kidneys. It's not an eye problem.
Can Astigmatism Cause Puffy Eyes?
No, for sure not! You may want to sleep more. Drink less coffee. Eat healthier...
Or you may have an allergy.
Most often puffy eyes are liver and kidney related. One or both organs are overworked.
So, if you wake up with puffy eyes after a good night out, don't be surprised... if you pig out on processed foods, snack, and soda pops, you know why... and you binged out in McDonald's or one of their friends, well, you liver and kidneys have to work hard...
Or if you had a week of bucket loads of work, with lots of late nights fueled by coffee... that's what you get!
Astigmatism does not and will not cause puffy eyes...
Can Astigmatism Cause Reading Problems?
Astigmatism will make it hard to read. Simply because it will distort the letters. The lines of the letters will wash out and get blurry.
So yes, astigmatism will cause reading problems like that.
Can Astigmatism Cause Red Eye?
Only if you wear astigmatism lenses. But contact lenses do that in general. It's not specific to lenses for astigmatism.
That's why even glasses are better than contact lenses. They don't aggravate the eyes. The side-effects of contact lenses are just too much.
But astigmatism alone does not and will not cause red eyes.
Can Astigmatism Cause Retinal Detachment?
No. Astigmatism is a refractive error. It a problem with the cornea. It has nothing to do with the retina.
Retinal detachment is a medical condition. It's a fairly severe disease. Astigmatism is not a disease.
So astigmatism can act as a warning sign that you should pay closer attention to your overall health. But astigmatism will not and does not cause retinal detachment.
Can Astigmatism Cause Seizures?
No, there is no correlation. Astigmatism is not a medical condition. It's not a disease. It's simply an irregular shape of the cornea.
Seizures have very different root causes. Plus, they require a different doctor, too.
Does Astigmatism Cause Sore Eyes?
It does, if you try to squint your way to clarity. If you don't correct astigmatism, you'll naturally want to squint to see more clearly.
That is a short-lived strategy though... because in that case, astigmatism will cause sore eyes.
And with that, you'll probably do more damage to your eyesigth. You are much better off just correcting astigmatism naturally.
Can Astigmatism Cause Squint?
Well, the decision to squint is your conscious decision. You are only squinting when you don't correct astigmatism properly.
So better do something about your astigmatism, so you don't end up with sore eye and eye strain. Because that's where squinting leads.
So astigmatism does cause squinting, if you choose to squint.
Can Astigmatism Cause Starbursts?
Astigmatism surgery can, no doubt. And it does.
But astigmatism itself as eye condition causes distorted vision. It's causing double vision and blurry vision. But astigmatism will only cause starbursts, if you do surgery.
Can Astigmatism Cause Vision Problems?
Sure, it's a refractive error. It causes distorted vision. Astigmatism causes double vision. And it causes blurry vision.
The reason is an irregular shaped cornea. So the light does not fall correctly into the eye.
So astigmatism will and does cause vision problems.
Can Astigmatism Cause Visual Snow?
No. Visual snow has to do with the retina. With your optic nerve. And possibly with your liver.
Astigmatism is just a refractive error. A problem with the cornea that redirects the light incorrectly into the eyes. But astigmatism does not and will not cause visual snow.
Can Astigmatism Cause Vomiting?
That's a circulation issue, or some other health issue. Astigmatisn will not cause vomitting.
Can Astigmatism Cause Watery Eyes?
Contact lenses can cause your eyes to water. Foreign object in your eye can also cause watery eyes. But astigmatism will not cause watery eyes or cause your eyes to water.
Can Astigmatism Cause Wavy Lines or Wavy Vision?
If the angle bends the light that way, sure. Astigmatism is a refractive error. The cornea directs the light incorrectly onto the retina.
If the angle of your eyes are distorted in such a way, it is possible that astigmatism does and will cause wavy vision or wavy lines.