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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Not spherical: Astigmatism means that the front window of the eye, the cornea, is not spherical. It is shaped like the side of an egg. Astigmatism is normal.

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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Almost everyone does: Astigmatism is very common. Most people have it. If you have signficant astigmatism, you cannot see well at any distance without glasses or contact ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hussain Elhalis
10 years experience Ophthalmology
Not necessarily: Although some astigmatism is common, a person can still benefit from glasses even if they don't have astigmatism. They could be nearsighted or farsigh ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rizen
19 years experience Ophthalmology
Toric lenses: If you have more than 1.00 diopter of astigmatism, you probably won't see sharply in standard spherical soft contact lenses. However you can be fit f ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Not necessarily: Nearsighted is when your best vision (without glasses) is close to you. Astigmatism is when the front surface of your eye is not perfectly spherical. ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Not understanding...: You cannot be nearsighted and farsighted in the same eye.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Pomeranz
27 years experience Ophthalmology
Astigmatisn: If you have a very small amount of astigmatism, you can wear soft contact lenses that do not have astigmatism correction and still see very well with ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hussain Elhalis
10 years experience Ophthalmology
Slightly myopic: Sounds like your prescription is not strong enough to need glasses. But myopia does generally increase, so you could require glasses in the future. Ta ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
31 years experience Ophthalmology
Blurry vision: Astigmatism just means that the i does not focus light at a single point. The result is blurred vision unless the astigmatism is corrected. Classic c ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
40 years experience Preventive Medicine
Good/Bad in the eye: of the beholder. Astigmatism simply means the focusing of the eye is not equal all angles around the central line of sight; more curvature one way tha ... Read More

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