Blurry sites and headaches both come into play, but can be corrected.
If you go big on Twitter, you know you’ve made it. Your fame may only take up a few characters online and last for fifteen minutes, but hey, that’s the bare minimum everyone is seeking, right?
Of course, the field is wide open. Twitter fame can cover anything from chicken nuggets to free money. Eyesight problems were the focus earlier this week (no pun intended), when the account Unusual Facts got its fare share of attention.
A tweet about astigmatism was shared over 22,000 times. (Who knew we were so interested in how we see?)
The tweet showed two photos of a street scene with cars, at night. It compared what the scene would look like to someone with astigmatism, versus someone living without vision problems. The view with astigmatism showed blurry lines emanating from the headlights in streaks across the image. The other showed a clear image.
Some Twitter users called out the photos for being an unrealistic representation, while others thought it was spot-on.
So, what are the true symptoms of astigmatism?
According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s something you could be born with or that you acquire later on in life. It’s caused by a curvature of the eye that results in blurred vision at a distance, and close up.
The condition happens when the lens of your eye has mismatched curves and ends up being egg-shaped. It can result in blurred or distorted vision, discomfort, headaches, trouble seeing at night and squinting.
Experts recommend that you see a doctor if and when your symptoms make your daily life less enjoyable, or prevent you from performing specific tasks.
Astigmatism can often be easily corrected with eyeglasses or eye surgery. Much easier than going viral, yes.