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We have a 4 years old nephew, he was diagnosed with astigmatism and strabism;what is the recommended treatment at his age and minimum age for surgery?

We have a 4 years old nephew, he was diagnosed with astigmatism and strabism;what is the recommended treatment at his age and minimum age for surgery?

Depends: The timing and or use of surgery is usually based on the amount of success gained by patching.If the kid won't tolerate patching, glasses that blur the better eye are sometimes used.If patching corrects the strabismus, surgery is avoided. If alignment is bad for too long (years), any surgery would be cosmetic (alignment).I've seen it done on 2yo's ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Astigmatism (Definition)

Astigmatism is an eye condition that causes blurry vision because the eye is unable to focus light to a point and thus unable to produce a sharp ...Read more


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What really is astigmatism and are there any special treatments?

What really is astigmatism and are there any special treatments?

Eye ovalness: Astigmatism is found in an eye with some degree of ovalness. Most are intrinsic (not due to some external cause) and it is very common (over 60% of eyes have some degree of astigmatism). Correction is a reverse oval of the proper power in eyeglasses or contact lenses. Lasik can also correct this. There are no eyedrops, lifestyle changes or dietary changes to correct this. ...Read more

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What sort of treatment is necessary for someone with high astigmatism?

What sort of treatment is necessary for someone with high astigmatism?

Depends: High astigmatism is often treated with rigid contact lenses. Other treatments are available depending on the amount of astigmatism and whether is symmetric on you eye. See your ophthalmologist for a discussion of your options. ...Read more

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Keratitis sicca and astigmatism cause and best treatment?

Keratitis sicca and astigmatism cause and best treatment?

Lubricate: Most likely astigmatism is genetic, treat with glasses, contacts, or surgery. Keratitis sicca is from dry eyes, treat with artificial tears and oral omega-3's. ...Read more

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I was wondering is astigmatism curable with laser treatment?

Often yes: Depending on the amount of astigmatism, and a few technical issues about the location and type of astigmatism you may have, custom laser vision correction surgery is very effective at treating astigmatism. Go and get a consult if you are serious ...Read more

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Monocular diplopia associated with astigmatism--any treatment?

Monocular diplopia associated with astigmatism--any treatment?

Depends on cause: Most cases of monocular diplopia are caused by dysfunctional tear syndrome. The first step is to assess and treat tear film abnomality. Next common causes are lens abnormalities. Corneal irregularities also cause this most are obvious but some can only be discovered with computerized analysis of the cornea. Retinal edema can cause this as can optic nerve disease but with decreased vision. ...Read more

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Is there a botox treatment for controlling the eye muscles affecting astigmatism?

Is there a botox treatment for controlling the eye muscles affecting astigmatism?

No: Astigmatism is caused by an irregularity in the cornea or lens of the eye which causes images to be out of focus. Imagine having slush on your window or a ding in the glass-changing the thickness of the glass won't let you see any better. Astigmatism is not correctable by any muscle manipulation. See a good optometrist to determine if contact lenses or special glasses can improve your vision. ...Read more

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To what degree can a lensectomy correct astigmatism? I have heard that a lensectomy can correct astigmatism. I'm excited about this since my condition rules out laser corrective surgery. Is this an effective treatment for astigmatism? Am i likely to still

To what degree can a lensectomy correct astigmatism? I have heard that a lensectomy can correct astigmatism. I'm excited about this since my condition rules out laser corrective surgery. Is this an effective treatment for astigmatism? Am i likely to still

Yes and no......: Astigmatism can be caused by both your lens and your cornea. Usually, most of it is caused by your cornea. If you remove your lens you would need to replace it with an aritifical lens, preferably with a toric implant to offset the corneal astigmatism. This is called refractive lens exchange. Lensectomy just removes your lens, which may rarely remove astigmatic lens but leaves you very blurry. ...Read more

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Any alternative treatments for galactosemia?

Any alternative treatments for galactosemia?

No!: Galactosemia cannot be cured. But, you can take steps to prevent or minimize galactosemia symptoms and complications. The treatment is the strict avoidance of all sources of galactose. The most common source is lactose, which is the milk sugar that breaks down to galactose and glucose. Avoid: milk or milk by-products, fermented soy products, legumes, organ meats, & hydrolyzed protein. ...Read more