Astigmatism is a refractive error caused by an irregularly curved cornea, meaning that images do not form “on” the retina but instead in front of or behind it, distorting the image.
Astigmatism is caused by an irregularly curved cornea.
A common symptom of astigmatism is blurry vision. Symptoms also include eye fatigue, headaches and distorted peripheral vision.
Astigmatism is diagnosed with a comprehensive eye exam, including a refraction assessment and an eye health exam.
Astigmatism is corrected by glasses, contact lenses or laser surgery.
Francophone Africa is frequently overlooked by international development stakeholders when it comes to restoring sight and providing quality eye care. The Organization for the Prevention of Blindness (OPC) works with local governments, civil society organizations and communities to fight blindness, restore vision, encourage local ownership of eye health care systems and ensure human right to sight.