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A 33-year-old member asked:

How can you be nearsighted, farsighted, and astigmatism?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Not commonly: These are the three basic errors of refraction along with presbyopia which is the farsightedness of older folk. Astigmatism, an ovalness of the eye can coexist with all of these. Near and farsighted are opposites and do not coexist although presbyopia is a type of farsighted which then can exist with underlying myopia. Ask your ophthalmologist to tell you which of these you have.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

Does astigmatism and farsightedness progress as fast as nearsightedness?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. T Jeff Russell
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
It can. : Yes. Refractive errors can change at variable rates.
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Last updated Oct 24, 2017
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