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Are there any medications or eye drops that improve astigmatism?

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.

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Astigmatism in right eye. Could this ever somehow improve on its own (even slightly), and if not, why?

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.

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What to do if I'm a new contact lens wearer with astigmatism and it's uncomfortable in one eye?

What to do if I'm a new contact lens wearer with astigmatism and it's uncomfortable in one eye?

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.

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It takes 20 times longer for my eyes to accomadote from bright to dim. Is my astigmatism that bad?

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.).

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Can having an astigmatism in one eye affect the other?

Can having an astigmatism in one eye affect the other?

Yes: If there is any difference/imbalance from one eye to another including astigmatism, this can cause eye strain or even headaches. Correcting the imbalance should relieve the symtoms.

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What is astigmatism compared to other visual or eye problems?

What is astigmatism compared to other visual or eye problems?

Oval eye shape: Refractive errors require either plus (farsighted) or minus (nearsighted) glasses + an extra amount if the eye is oval in shape (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.

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What is recommended to help to find dominant eye with astigmatism?

What is recommended to help to find dominant eye with astigmatism?

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.

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Is it recommended to get lens correction for astigmatism in one eye?

Is it recommended to get lens correction for astigmatism in one eye?

Maybe: It depends on the amount of astigmatism, the age of the patient and the visual needs. See your ophthalmologist for the most appropriate advice.

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Can astigmatism jump from one eye to the next?

Can astigmatism jump from one eye to the next?

No: Astigmatism is not contagious. It is an irregularity in the shape of the eye (for example the eye having a shape like a football instead of a soccer ball). It could change over time, but it cannot be transferred from one eye to the other.

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Is increased eye blinking related to astigmatism?

Is increased eye blinking related to astigmatism?

No: Increased blinking can be caused b y many factors but refraction and astigmatism are not a cause.

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Can people with astigmatism get eye restoration surgery?

Can people with astigmatism get eye restoration surgery?

Yes: Whether with lasik, prk or corneal incision techniques such as astigmatic keratotomy, many degrees of astigmatism can be reduced or eliminated

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How to treat eye problems - astigmatism or something worse?

How to treat eye problems - astigmatism or something worse?

Astigmatism Correct: Astigmatism is usually corrected with glasses and/or contact lenses. However, only your local ophthalmologist can answer your question after an examination.

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Can astigmatism cause an object in 1 eye to appear larger than in the other eye?

Yes: Although a large difference in overall power (say 3 diopters or more) is a more typical cause for this.

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Do they always have to dilate your eyes in order to diagnose astigmatism and prescribe glasses?

No: Sometimes a dilated cycloplegic refraction is more accurate in young patients.

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I had cataract and astigmatism in my both of my eyes. What are some surgical procedures to cure both?

I had cataract and astigmatism in my both of my eyes. What are some surgical procedures to cure both?

Lenses and incisions: Most patients can have their astigmatism and cataracts dealt with during their cataract surgery. There are lens implants that correct astigmatism, and incisions can also be used. In rare instances, lasik or prk may be needed as well.

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I've had eye problems that docs thought was astigmatism, but they changed it to aphoria. How do they differ?

Two different issues: Astigmatism is a condition in which the cornea (clear covering of the eye) is warped in shape. It is corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Aphoria has nothing to do with the eyes.