Understanding Astigmatism -- Symptoms

Medically Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on November 09, 2020

What Are the Symptoms of Astigmatism?

The most common symptom of astigmatism is blurred or double vision. If you are only slightly affected, you may not notice anything wrong. More significant astigmatism may cause noticeable distortions of your vision.

Here are some symptoms of astigmatism:

  • Blurring of small print, difficulty reading
  • Double vision
  • Inability to see both near and distant without squinting

Children with vision problems, such as astigmatism may experience:

  • Difficulty focusing on printed words and lines
  • Eye strain, tired eyes, or headaches


Call Your Doctor If:

You experience any difficulty seeing objects clearly at any distance.

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