If your answer is yes, you may have astigmatism. It sounds like a scary word but actually having astigmatism is a pretty common condition; it’s not a disease and it doesn’t mean you have “bad eyes.”

Astigmatism usually occurs when the front surface of the eye (the cornea) or the lens inside the eye has an irregular curvature, causing the light rays to focus unevenly on the back of the eye (retina). This difference in shape affects the ability to focus, which can result in blurry vision. This means you may have had difficulty wearing the standard sphere contact lenses and instead would require a toric lens, specifically designed for those with astigmatism.

Speak to your eye care professional to learn more.