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Are contacts as good or better than glasses at correcting astigmatism?

Are contacts as good or better than glasses at correcting astigmatism?

Most cases -YES: In most cases your best corrected vision wil be the same as what you see with your glasses. No better / no worse. The only exception might be with gas permeable contacts if you have astigmatism. Some professional baseball players have won major league batting titles wearing gas permeable conact lenses (edgar martinez-seattle mariners). ...Read more

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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Can people with astigmatism see better through glasses than contacts?

Can people with astigmatism see better through glasses than contacts?

Depends: If there is a lot of astigmatism, then rigid contact lenses provide the best vision. With lesser astigmatism, then glasses and contacts provide similar vision. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if astigmatism gets so bad that even glasses won't correct them it?

Can you tell me if astigmatism gets so bad that even glasses won't correct them it?

Astigmatism: This is unusual but certainly is possible especially if the astigmatism is irregular in nature because of a problem with the cornea (window to the eye). If you are unable to be corrected with glasses, a visit with an ophthalmologist is valuable to determine if an medical condition exists that is causing your severe astigmatism. ...Read more

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I see bright objects a lil blurry with my glasses or contacts. What can this be? Astigmatism?

I see bright objects a lil blurry with my glasses or contacts.  What can this be?  Astigmatism?

Depends: How bright are the objects? Is the blurriness the same with each eye? Glasses generally provide accurate correction of astigmatism while contacts sometimes don't. How long have you had the glasses and contacts - your refraction may have changed. This should be presented to your ophthalmologist so he can be sure there is no other problem. ...Read more

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If I have a slight astigmatism is it good to use reading glasses?

If I have a slight astigmatism is it good to  use reading glasses?

No harm: You can with no harm to your eyes. If you want the absolute best/clearest vison, you may want to get prescription glassess. ...Read more

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Have an astigmatism in both eyes. Will i need to get contacts or glasses?

Have an astigmatism in both eyes. Will i need to get contacts or glasses?

Either: You can correct astigmatism either way. You need to correct it if you are unhappy with your vision. ...Read more

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Should i wear glasses over contacts to help with farsightedness and astigmatism?

Should i wear glasses over contacts to help with farsightedness and astigmatism?

Can help these: Contact lenses come in virtually all possible powers, including ones that correct farsightedness and astigmatism at the same time. The lenses tend to have few power choices for extreme farsightedness compared to nearsightedness, however. An optometrist or ophthalmologist can fit for contact lenses. ...Read more

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What is the best type of vision correction surgery for someone with astigmatism? I'm tired of wearing glasses and contacts, but I have severe astigmatism. What type of vision correction surgery would be best for me?

See a refracive surg: Very complex answer. See an ophthalmologist who does refractive surgery. Many do a free consultation. To best answer we need to measure you eyes and vision in a comprehensive manner to determine which procedure will be the best for you. ...Read more

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What is the best type of vision correction surgery for someone with astigmatism? I'm tired of wearing glasses and contacts, but I have severe astigmatism. What type of vision correction surgery would be best for me?

What is the best type of vision correction surgery for someone with astigmatism? I'm tired of wearing glasses and contacts, but I have severe astigmatism. What type of vision correction surgery would be best for me?

Our : Our laser technology has improved to the point that we can reliably treat mild to moderate amounts of regular astigmatism, but there are still patients with astigmatism who do not qualify for laser vision correction. The best way to determine if laser vision correction would be a safe and reliable way to treat your eyes is to seek a consultation. Your doctor will examine your corneas with several different methods in order to make this determination. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Glasses (Definition)

Glasses is a term that describes a pair of lenses that are placed in a frame to be worn to correct faulty vision ...Read more