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GETTING behind the wheel at night can be a challenge even for the best drivers.

But those with vision problems can have a totally different experience driving in the dark.

4 A Twitter account posted this image apparently showing what it is like to drive with astigmatismCredit: Unusual Facts/Twitter

And it may not even be something you've noticed before as one social media user set out to prove.

Posting two images on Twitter, the account claimed that they show what driving with astigmatism looks like compared with "normal" vision.

In one picture, a car is seen at traffic lights but there are streaks of light splayed across the image making it difficult to see.

The second photograph shows a similar scene of cars waiting in traffic, but the lights had just a slight blur around them.

'Astigmatism vs without'

According to the account, the side-by-side images show "what people with Astigmatisms vs without".

Astigmatism is when the eye isn’t perfectly round like a football but more like a rugby ball shape, which can lead to blurred vision.

This means that light from an object does not focus exactly on the retina, but at two separate points.

The images, posted online last week, have left social media users stunned with many unaware that the streakier image "wasn't normal".

4 This image was posted side-by-side showing a similar scene with cars sitting in traffic but this time the lights are just slightly blurredCredit: Unusual Facts/Twitter

One said: "I thought everyone saw the lines, when I was little I would squint to make 'em longer to entertain myself, thought that was normal".

Another wrote: "Had no clue this was a thing! Honestly just thought that's how light worked!!!"

Someone else said: "Wait people can see lights normally? I thought everyone saw those lines".

Wait people can see lights normally? I thought everyone saw those lines

Twitter user

Practising optometrist Ceri Smith-Jaynes told Sun Online that the image "is not a bad representation" of what astigmatism might look like.

She said: "You do get a bit of streaking with astigmatism.

"But it could also be a number of other things such as cataracts, opaqueness or even when a lash gets in your eye."

She added: "That type of blur could happen for other reasons and it needs checking out by an optometrist to find out what's causing it."

What is astigmatism?

Lateef Iqbal BSc, an optometrist at Specsavers in Surrey, said: "It’s something you’re usually born with although it can develop later on in life due to changes related to age.

"Astigmatism can develop after an eye injury, eye surgery or an eye disease – you’re also more likely to have it if you’re short or long-sighted.

"In more developed cases, or without treatment, symptoms can include headaches, having to squint, eye strain or tiredness when focusing.

"Astigmatism can be detected during a routine eye test and can be easily corrected with glasses, contact lenses or surgery."

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Ceri, a spokesperson for the Association of Optometrists, explained that those with astigmatism will notice that objects near and far are blurred and certain lines of a letter are clearer than others.

She said: "You might find some of the lines of a letter E clearer than some of the lines of a letter X or vice versa.

"This is because some light entering the eye focuses on your retina and some focuses behind your retina."

Can it be treated?

There are two types of astigmatism, regular and irregular.

Irregular astigmatism is often caused by a corneal scar or "scattering" in the eye’s crystalline lens.

While this type of astigmatism can’t be corrected by standard prescription lenses, it may be corrected by contact lenses or, in minor cases, by laser eye surgery.

Regular astigmatism, arising from either the cornea or crystalline lens, can be corrected by a toric lens.

4 Ceri Smith-Jaynes took this image which she said shows a more accurate representation of what astigmatism may look likeCredit: Ceri Smith-Jaynes 4 This is another image Ceri Smith-Jaynes said shows what astigmatism may look likeCredit: Ceri Smith-Jaynes Parents capture the moment baby with weak eyesight is given glasses

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Back in March, USWNT players partook in a silent protest against the US Soccer Federation by wearing their warm-up jerseys inside out. AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter

  • The US Women's National Team will wear "Black Lives Matter" warm-up jackets ahead of its first match in 261 days.
  • In a video released by the team, players explained that the decision "is not political, it's a statement on human rights."
  • The USWNT will kick off against the Netherlands at 12:45 p.m. EST in a highly-anticipated rematch of their 2019 World Cup final bout.
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Players on the US Women's National Team have never shied away from fighting for what they  believe in, and their first game in 261 days is no exception.

The 23 players who made the trip overseas for the USWNT's game against the Netherlands Friday will wear "Black Lives Matter" warm-up jackets ahead of their highly-anticipated matchup against the Netherlands.

USWNT stars Christen Press (right) and Tobin Heath. AP Photo/Alex Gallardo

In a video released by the team, players explained that the decision to wear the words "Black Lives Matter" across their chests "is not political." Rather, they intend to make "a statement on human rights."

"As a team, we work towards a society where the American ideals are upheld and Black lives are no longer systemically targeted.," players said in the video. "We collectively acknowledge injustice, as that is the first step in working towards correcting it."

"To honor the words of the great John Lewis: 'When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just; say something, do something, get in trouble — necessary trouble,'" they added.

—U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) November 27, 2020


The USWNT has a long history of using its platform to push back against injustice. Back in March, players partook in a silent protest against the US Soccer Federation by wearing their warm-up jerseys inside out after filings in their equal pay lawsuit suggested that unequal pay for women is fair because "men are bigger, stronger, faster."

Long before then, Megan Rapinoe became one of the first professional athletes to kneel during the national anthem alongside Colin Kaepernick in protest of police brutality and racial injustice in America. Four years later, US Soccer apologized to Rapinoe for the way it handled her demonstrations.

Megan Rapinoe (right) kneels next to her USWNT teammates. AP Photo/John Bazemore

The USWNT's rematch of its 2019 World Cup final bout against the Netherlands Friday marks its first game outside of the United States since the team captured its fourth star two summers ago. Though the team will boast a new look with a mix of veterans and fresh faces — including newly-minted head coach Vlatko Andonovski — the USWNT still retains its No. 1 ranking in the world. The Dutch, meanwhile, clock in at fourth on the list.

Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle, and company kick off against the Netherlands at 12:45 p.m. EST Friday. Viewers can tune in on ESPN2.

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