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A 33-year-old member asked:

about how long does astigmatism last?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Forever: Astigmatism is caused by your cornea being mal-shapen (i.e. Not round). This is simply how it was made and will not change by itself. Eyeglasses and contact lenses correct for the shape of your cornea, allowing you to see clearly.
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Long time: Astigmatism is typically from an abnormal corneal shape or lens shape, and this anatomy usually doesn't change or cancel out on it's own (need some kind of treatment like laser or lens surgery), but can be corrected for.
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Usually lifelong: Astigmatism is a condition where the eye is less than perfectly round. A "perfect" eye would be as round as a billiard ball, but most eyes are a bit little oval, like the side of a football. The more oval, the more astigmatism, astigmatism is usually stable for life, but if you start to develop increasing astigmatism, it may indicate the development of diseases like cataract or keratoconus.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What causes astigmatism?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Irregular Cornea: Astigmatism usually is caused by an irregularly shaped cornea. Instead of the cornea having a symmetrically round shape (like a baseball), it is shaped more like a football, with one meridian being significantly more curved than the meridian perpendicular to it. Astigmatism usually causes vision to be blurred or distorted to some degree at all distances.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

How is astigmatism treated?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Contact lenses: The irregularities in the curvature of the cornea can be addressed though customized contact lenses.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

How common is astigmatism?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Astigmatism: Astigmatism occurs in about 60% of eyes. It is an ovalness of the eye corrected with a reverse oval in the eyeglasses and contacts. The degree is quite variable and most have a small amount but you need to see your ophthalmologist to have yours measured.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Does astigmatism get progressively worse?

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Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine 24 years experience
It might: Almost all degrees of astigmatism can be corrected with properly prescribed eyeglasses or contact lenses. For a person with only a slight degree of astigmatism, corrective lenses may not be needed at all, as long as other conditions such as nearsightedness or farsightedness are not present. If the astigmatism is moderate to high, however, corrective lenses are probably needed.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How can I stop my astigmatism from getting worse?

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Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
You cannot: With the exception of certain eye diseases, most people's prescription, including astigmatism, is stable from the early 20s to the middle to late 40s and sometimes beyond. You can correct for this with glasses, contacts or laser vision correction.

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