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How is astigmatism diagnosed?

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Dr. Arun Gulani
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Diagnosing Astigmati: Astigmatism is caused by a football shaped cornea so technologies can that can measure corneal shape (topographers) can diagnose astigmatism.Glasses refraction, corneal topography, scheimpflug photography, keratometry, and many sophisticated technologies can easily diagnose astigmatism today. Most cases can be corrected by glasses/cls, laser techniquesand lens implant technologies (toric lenses).
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Astigmatism: A complete eye exam can pick up astigmatism, since it is measurable in your glasses prescription. It can also be mapped using corneal topography, where a surface is made of your eyes.

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How do you diagnose an astigmatism?

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Dr. William Dieck
Ophthalmology 39 years experience
Refraction: Astigmatism is found when the refractive state of the eye is determined. It most commonly refers to a slight American football shape of the cornea rather than a soccer ball shape. Astigmatism results is images being out of focus in the eye
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What is astigmatism?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Oval eye shape: Refractive errors require either plus (farsighted) or minus (nearsighted) glasses + an extra amount if the eye is oval in shape (astigmatism). These are called refractive errors and can be corrected with glasses or contacts. The list of other eye problems is long and these are usually unrelated to astigmatism.

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