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A 42-year-old member asked:

is it common to use gentle molding lenses to correct nearsightedness and/or astigmatism?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Possible: A procedure called orthokeratology has been explored as a means to mold the cornea in a way to neutralize myopia and sometimes astigmatism. It has had limited success and requires the use of a contact lens at night (a keeper) to maintain the contour. It has been suceeded by lasik as a more precise and more permanent means for refractive correction.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Will wearing contact lenses when I have nearsightedness cause me to have astigmatism?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
No effect: Contacts rest upon a layer of tears on top of the cornea of the eye. Astigmatism is an ovalness of the eye and would require a long pressure upon the eye in an oblique direction which contacts will not do. So enjoy your contacts.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it true that everyone with myopia / nearsightedness has an astigmatism?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
No: Myopia means that light comes to a focus in front of the retina. Astigmatism means light in comes to multiple focal points rather than one. It is possible to have either condition in isolation or both together.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Could everyone with myopia/nearsightedness have astigmatism?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine 30 years experience
Astigmatism: Very few people have no astigmatism, there are varying degrees of astigmatism. You can have myopia or hyperopia with astigmatism.

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Last updated Mar 16, 2013

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