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how bad is astigmatism?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Usually not: Astigmatism is a physical curvature aspect of the cornea and lens of the eye which in effect makes the eye oval. The term astigmatism is from physics and is not usually a bad thing. The correction is a reverse oval in the eyeglasses or contacts. Most astigmatism is small and easily corrected. Sometimes it is large or irregular and that make perfect vision difficult. See your ophthalmologist.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Is it bad to wear a regular contact lense if you have astigmatism?

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Dr. Yale Kanter
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Astigmatism: Not at all so long as you are seeing well and you are visually comfortable.
A 44-year-old member asked:

I have very bad astigmatism. How can I correct it?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Yes: The best choice is rigid contact lenses, but other possibilities are glasses, soft contact lenses and laser vision correction.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What can I do if my astigmatism is -0.75 is that pretty bad ?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
No: This is a small amount of astigmatism.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Cylinder -3.00 left axis 175 i know I have an astigmatism but how bad is it?

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Dr. Matthew Goren
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Moderately bad: 3 diopters of cylinder is reasonably severe astigmatism. Not horrible, but not mild either.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me is having astigmatism a bad thing?

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Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Astigmatism: Astigmatism is one type of refractive error. Myopia (or nearsightedness), hyperopa (or farsightedness), and astigmatism all can cause refractive error. Refractive error is what causes a patient to require glasses or contact lenses to see better. Astigmatism is typically when the cornea is shaped more like a football than a basketball. Glasses, contact, and LASIK can fix this problem.

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