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Are There Any Medications Or Eye Drops That Improve Astigmatism
No: Astigmatism results from asymmetric curvature of the cornea. Influenced by variety of factors, including size and shape of the eyeball, position of eyelids, bone structure around eye, age, stiffness of cornea, use of contact lenses, even excessive eye rubbing or pressure on the eyeball at night from sleeping face down. Usually vision correctable w glasses, contacts or lasik. ...Read more
Astigmatism in right eye. Could this ever somehow improve on its own (even slightly), and if not, why?
Changes: Astigmatism comes from changes in corneal curvature over time and can vary (worsening, stable, or improving). Furthermore, astigmatism can also be from the lens or retina too. The former, as a result of aging, can be removed during cataract surgery. Retinal astigmatism, usually the result of retinal surface membranes, may be surgically treated. Mostly though, corneal astigmatism is treated by Rx. ...Read more
I have an eye problem. Blurry vision -300 with astigmatism.I'm thinking of taking a medication like lutein. Can this cure my problem?
Hi. I feel a weak astigmatism in my eyes,due to studying perhaps. Is there any treatment for that? I'm afraid it becomes more and more!
Uncomfortable CL: The fit may be poor, or you may have more dryness or allergy in that eye. Try wetting drops first. If that doesn't help, return to your doctor to recheck the fit. Contact lenses have a power, but they also have a fit as a shoe needs to fit your foot. Also, inspect the contact lens itself. Sometimes a contact lens can have a tear, defect, or deposit. Make sure the CL is not inside out. ...Read more
It takes 20 times longer for my eyes to accomadote from bright to dim. Is my astigmatism that bad?
No association: Astigmatism has no relationship to dark adaptation. Dark adaptation gets worse with age. If yours is much worse than similarly aged friends, then you should see an ophthalmologist to have it investigated. It could be a sign of a rare retina disease. (most cases turn out to be normal.). ...Read more
Oval eye shape: Refractive errors require either plus (farsighted) or minus (nearsighted) glasses + an extra amount if the eye is oval (astigmatism). These are called refractive errors and can be corrected with glasses or contacts. The list of other eye problems is long and these are usually unrelated to astigmatism. ...Read more
Test: Astigmatism does not affect this. Hold out your thumb at arms length using it to cover a number on a wall clock. Then close one eye and then the other. The thumb will stay over the number from the dominant eye when you close the non-dominant eye, but will jump to one side when you close the dominant eye. And which eye do you sight a telescope with? The dominant eye. ...Read more
Yes: Although a large difference in overall power (say 3 diopters or more) is a more typical cause for this. ...Read more
No: Sometimes a dilated cycloplegic refraction is more accurate in young patients. ...Read more
I had cataract and astigmatism in my both of my eyes. What are some surgical procedures to cure both?
How do you suddenly have astigmatism in both eyes? Had bad reaction to topiramate about a month ago. Related?
Topamax (topiramate) can cause swelling of the ciliary body in the eye which can cause the pressure to increase and to become very near-sighted. It is difficult to imagine a scenario in which it would cause or change astigmatism. These issues resolve with discontinuing the drug.
Discuss this with your ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Is there any colored contacts for ppl with astigmatisms? I think fresh look stopped making theirs. I don't like my natural eye color.
Lately my eyes get horribly blurry at night (not in the dark). And it's hard to keep them focused on anything Had eye exam: only astigmatism was found?
Well then: Well if normal exam then perhaps fatigue try resting your eyes and cold compress over them. Try this first. If this fails back to the eye doctor ...Read more
My 4 yrs old son is diagnosed with short sightedness & astigmatism (-6,+2.25x90) both eyes. Could watching ipad have done it or possibly made it worse?
While there are some good studies from Israel and SIngapore that try to answer the "chicken or egg" cause, most myopia is inherited from the parents. The studies ask "Are kids with myopia that way because they read so much more or are do they read more because they are myopic and don't see as well for distance in sports?
Recent research is attempting to see if taking Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) helps ...Read more
Recently I noticed a change in my vision. I have astigmatism & have worse vision in my right eye than in my left. But recently I have been feeling that I can't see out of my right eye, even though I can. What's going on?
I have a firm hardened chalazion on my upper left lid which has been inducing astigmatism on that eye for over six months now. If the chalazion is excised and removed then will my astigmatism resolve and my vision return to normal?
Eye exam: Astigmatism can be checked for during a refraction. Also, can be visualized with corneal topography (regular and irregular astigmatism). If the astigmatism was large and uncorrected making one eye weak while the other was strong during visual development, then a lazy eye can happen. Sometimes the lazy eye can drift if not staying focused. ...Read more
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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