What is Astigmatism and How Can it be Corrected?

Astigmatism is a vision condition that affects many Canadians in varying degrees. Astigmatism causes blurred vision and can range from not requiring any kind of treatment to causing distorted vision, eye discomfort and headaches. However, this condition can be corrected using prescription eyewear or, in extreme cases, surgery.

What is It?

Astigmatism is a refractive error that occurs when the cornea has an irregular shape that prevents light from focusing properly on the retina—resulting in blurred vision at all distances. Like nearsightedness or farsightedness, it’s a refractive error—a problem with how the eye focuses light. Instead of one focal point, astigmatism forces focal points (either in front or behind the retina) that cause blurry vision.

Why Does it Occur?

Astigmatism can occur from several reasons, but it most often develops early in life as a result of differences in the growth and alignment of the eye. Genetics and/or pressure of the eyelids on the cornea can be blamed as well as the possibility of developing the condition after an eye injury or eye surgery.


Like other vision conditions, astigmatism is diagnosed during an eye exam with a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist. As part of a comprehensive vision exam, an eye doctor can detect astigmatism using the same tools that detect farsightedness and nearsightedness, and can determine the degree of astigmatism with a retinoscopy or automated refraction.


Most forms of astigmatism can be corrected; there are a few options available depending on the severity and a person’s specific needs:

Prescription Eyewear – Through the use of properly prescribed and fitted eyeglasses or contact lenses made for astigmatism, vision can return to normal for most people. There are even specially made contact lenses (called toric lenses) that those with astigmatism can wear.

Refractive Surgery – Usually through the use of lasers, the shape of the cornea can be reshaped to allow light to correctly enter the eye. This is an extreme correcting method and should only be considered if prescription eyewear doesn’t work.

The only way to diagnose astigmatism is through a comprehensive eye exam, schedule yours today through our Eye Exam Centre.

Hakim Optical is dedicated to your eye health. Fully licensed in-store opticians and optometrists at our Eye Exam Centres are certified to assess your eye health and provide recommendations to fulfill your vision needs.

Popular Autumn Frames 

At Hakim Optical, our goal is to help Canadian shoppers find fun, stylish–and even flirty– glasses for every occasion. When Autumn comes around, we’re eager to help our customers find beautiful, functional, and affordable frames to express their own personal style while meeting the timeless essence of the fall. For our 2022 Hakim fall style guide, we want to share a few of our fall frame favourites!


Regardless of your gender, complexion, hair colour, or face shape, these gorgeous BLING frames should be on your go-to fall frames list. Oversized, round, and statement-making screams autumn personality! These gorgeous gold, rounded frames with delicate sparkling arms remind us of the golds and the elegance of autumn. Dress these frames up with a more extravagant outfit for a night on the town, or dress them down with a pair of leggings and boots. Wherever you choose to wear them, you’ll find you’re bringing the beauty of fall into your style.


Bring back the beauty of the autumns of yesteryear with these gorgeous vintage-inspired IVORY frames. These warm-toned, half-gold and half-clear frames aren’t just beautiful and eye-catching, they’re classics! Just like watching a spooky movie or carving pumpkins, these glasses scream “autumn”! We recommend these frames for those who have a vintage aesthetic that they’d like to match, or for those who are ready to set a modern-meets-classic trend. Find your own unique style this fall with these gorgeous IVORY frames or a pair just like them at Hakim Optical!

Fashion and Style Inspiration

Looking for some real-world inspiration on how to style your Hakim Optical frames? Look no further than this section of our 2022 Hakim Fall Style Guide! Some of our friends online are showing us how they chose to style their new glasses, and we must say: they look amazing! Find your fall inspiration here!


Here you can see our friend and brand ambassador Kassandra wearing some of our gorgeous simple rounded gold frames. This look paired with a warm sweater and a cup of tea really bring the fall style together. Kassandra’s styling proves that you can make even the most simple and classic frames an autumn statement piece, especially when you choose warm, soft colours that bring the beauty of the season forward.


Our friend and brand ambassador Justin Walls always knows how to show up looking great! Justin is wearing all neutrals with a pair of traditional thin-framed glasses. With dark frames and large lenses, these glasses are not subtle but they don’t take focus away from his face or his style. In this picture, Justin is showing how to dress in a masculine and stylish way that shows us all how the basics will always be timeless, especially in a fashion-forward season like Autumn!

Sunglasses are for all Year Long!

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean that you should retire the sunglasses! On the contrary, with summer coming to an end, you should invest in a pair of stylish and affordable autumn sunglasses! As harmful UV rays are always present–even through autumn and winter–finding your sunglasses style now is very important. Just ask our friend Kiki (@/KiKiKhosa), who has truly shown the beauty of sunglasses and autumn attire!

Take Advantage of the Newest Fall Sale!

At Hakim Optical, we love a good deal! What’s even better than a good deal, however, is being able to pass on good deals to our loyal Canadian customers. Every season we come up with a way to save our customers money, and with the 2022 Hakim Fall Style Guide in full swing now is a great time to remind our customers what we have to offer!

Save when you buy 4 90-packs of Acuvue Moist Contacts

Contact Lens Sale 

Whether you wear glasses, contact lenses, or a mix of both, Hakim has got you covered with ongoing contact lens sales and promotions! Currently, when you buy 4 90-packs of Acuvue contact lenses, you will instantly save $50. Plus, take advantage of a mail-in rebate for another $40 back!

Looking for the perfect pair of glasses for the fall?
Find your nearest Hakim Optical Store today! 

Hakim Optical has provided Canadians with quality corrective lenses at a value that can’t be beat for over 55 years. Our knowledgeable staff and optometrists are here to help you find an eyewear solution tailored specifically to you. 

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