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astigmatism: how to cure permanently?

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Dr. George Yang
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Surgical: To permanently eliminate astigmatism, you have to have surgery, either on the surface of the eye or inside the eye. For your age, if the degree of astimgatism is not unusally high, a surface procedure such as lasik is probably the best. Toric lenses can be implanted inside the eye for those patients who have cataracts and need cataract surgery.
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 9 years experience
contact lenses can also be used
Apr 24, 2013

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What causes astigmatism?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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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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How is astigmatism treated?

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Contact lenses: The irregularities in the curvature of the cornea can be addressed though customized contact lenses.
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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.
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Does astigmatism get progressively worse?

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Dr. Christopher Guzik
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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.
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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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