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All About Astigmatism

Ever wonder what it means to have astigmatism? While the word “astigmatism” may sound intimidating, all it means is that you have some blurred vision. It’s a very common condition and most people have some degree of astigmatism.

Astigmatism occurs when the cornea of the eye is shaped imperfectly. This is to say that instead of the cornea being round, like a baseball, it’s shaped more like a football. Astigmatism can be easily detected and diagnosed during a routine eye exam.

Like nearsightedness and farsightedness, astigmatism can usually be corrected with eyeglasses and/or contact lenses. The part of your prescription that says “CYL” or “cylinder” is the astigmatism correction determined by your optometrist or ophthalmologist.

At, we stock thousands of lenses and in most cases can ship out your glasses (including those with astigmatic corrections) the same day your order is placed. If you’d like to check if we have your lenses in stock, feel free to send an email to

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