Can you be short-sighted and have astigmatism at the same time?

Yes, you can be short-sighted and astigmatic. Astigmatism is always one of three types: myopic, hyperopic or mixed. Myopic astigmatism is when an eye with astigmatism is short-sighted, while hyperopic is for those with long-sightedness and mixed astigmatism is for someone with one short-sighted astigmatic eye and one long-sighted astigmatic eye.

Astigmatism, and short-sightedness, can be corrected with toric lenses, which also cater for those with long-sightedness or short-sightedness.

What are the symptoms of astigmatism?

As astigmatism comes from having an unusually-shaped cornea (like a rugby ball as opposed to the more common spherical football shape), light is unable to be focused onto a single point on the retina of your eye. This ultimately causes light distortion and blurriness, making objects either far and near, or both, difficult to see.

Not treating your astigmatism can lead to headaches and eye strain, symptoms all the more noticeable whilst driving or using the computer.

How can I correct short-sightedness and astigmatism?

Toric contact lenses provide correction in a wide range of powers to address short-sightedness and long-sightedness, however also offer astigmatic correction made up of a cylindrical power and its axis.

You can find both daily disposable toric contact lenses and monthly contact lenses for astigmatic correction at FeelGoodContacts.com.

Read our guide on astigmatism to find out even more about the condition and using toric contact lenses for visual correction.