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Dr. Susan Rhoads Dr. Rhoads
Family Medicine
34 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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I have an astigmatism in my right eye, the eye doctor said only need to wear my glasses at night when I'm driving Can I get lazy eye or blind worried?

I have an astigmatism in my right eye, the eye doctor said only need to wear my glasses at night when I'm driving Can I get lazy eye or blind worried?

No: You obviously have a very minor astigmatism. Many people, some of the nicest and brightest (inc. Me, ahem!) have much worse astigmatism which is correctable with glasses. It does not cause lazy eye or blindness.

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Astigmatism (Definition)

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


Dr. Tim Conrad Dr. Conrad
Ophthalmology
30 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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Whether to wear glasses all the time or just for driving, when having a astigmatism. Which is better?

Whether to wear glasses all the time or just for driving, when having a astigmatism. Which is better?

Wear glasses: If you want to see better. You will not help or hurt your eyes if you wear them or not wear them.

Dr. Alfred H. Rivera Dr. Rivera
Ophthalmology
36 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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Does astigmatism have anything to do with seeing at night?

Does astigmatism have anything to do with seeing at night?

Yes.: Astigmatism has to do with an individual seeing at night or day if the individual has astigmatism. The astigmatism must be corrected with the use of either spectacles or toric soft contact lenses or rigid gas permeable contacts in order to obtain one's best corrected vision. Astigmatism results when the eye, rather than being spherical, is more shaped like a football with two different curvatures.

Dr. David Rosenfeld Dr. Rosenfeld
Pain Management
23 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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Does astigmatism have anything to do with a tough time seeing at night?

Does astigmatism have anything to do with a tough time seeing at night?

Yes: At night, the pupil dilates to let in more light. Astigmatism is a distortion in the cornea that causes different focal lengths for light passing through different parts of the cornea into the lens. With a small aperture (constricted pupil), the differences do not cause noticeable blurring. At night, when the aperture is larger, the eye has less depth of field, so the imprecise focus.

Dr. Jeffrey Whitman Dr. Whitman
Ophthalmology
41 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Dr. Imtiaz Chaudhry Dr. Chaudhry
Facial Plastic Surgery
23 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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Are air optix lenses for astigmatism and night time use?

Are air optix lenses for astigmatism and night time use?

Air optix lenses: These lenses can be used for day or night vision. But I would not recommend anyone to sleep with any kind of lenses on chronic basis because of the potential risks of corneal infection. I advise to either use daily lenses and remove prior to sleeping or take out and clean well before leaving them overrnight in a solution prescribed by the lens manufacturer.

Dr. Johan Zwaan Dr. Zwaan
Ophthalmology - Pediatric
54 years in practice
Free University of Amsterdam Faculty of Medicine
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.I'm being corrected for farsighted and astigmatism. I see better without them night is even worse?

.I'm being corrected for farsighted and astigmatism. I see better without them night is even worse?

Full time wear: Eyes have to get used to glasses. If you take them off and on, your eyes will not get used to them. All this is assuming, that you have been given the correct prescription.

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Dr. Johan Zwaan Dr. Zwaan
Ophthalmology - Pediatric
54 years in practice
Free University of Amsterdam Faculty of Medicine
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I'm farsighted & astigmatism. My contacts are very blurry at night & during the day. The lenses are toric and don't seem dry. I see better w/out them.

Full time wear: Eyes have to get used to glasses. If you take them off and on, your eyes will not get used to them. All this is assuming, that you have been given the correct prescription.

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Dr. Karen Butler Dr. Butler
Family Medicine
17 years in practice
Central University of the East School of Medicine (UCE)
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Lately my eyes get horribly blurry at night (not in the dark). and its hard to keep them focused on anything Had eye exam: only astigmatism was found?

Lately my eyes get horribly blurry at night (not in the dark). and its 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

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Dr. Olav Jaren Dr. Jaren
Neurology
15 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Saw a bit of a bright light at night in right eye. Doesn't happen frequently. I don't get much sleep. Happened one other occasion near right eye. (Have pinched nerve & astigmatism in right eye)?

Saw a bit of a bright light at night in right eye. Doesn't happen frequently. I don't get much sleep. Happened one other occasion near right eye. (Have pinched nerve & astigmatism in right eye)?

May be benign: Pressure on the eye can cause this, as well as changes in the retina, and migraines. It is not likely that your other conditions caused this. If your sight is ok, no need for alarm.

Dr. Olav Jaren Dr. Jaren
Neurology
15 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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At night saw a bit of light near right eye (astigmatism in that one) I don't get much sleep due to my anxiety + pinched nerve in neck. Plus back is tense. What is this?

Eye lights: Was it from inside the eye or outside the eye? Was the eye touched or rubbed? Did it go away when on of the eyes was closed? These questions may help to sort out the cause. An eye exam can also be helpful when this is a recurrent phenomenon.

Dr. Theodore Wu Dr. Wu
Ophthalmology
18 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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I have astigmatism & light sensitivity. I bought new glasses. Still have severe night time glare. Doc says eyes will adjust. Its been a month. Do I have to live with the glare? Visit another doctor?

I have astigmatism & light sensitivity. I bought new glasses. Still have severe night time glare. Doc says eyes will adjust. Its been a month. Do I have to live with the glare? Visit another doctor?

Glare: Glare can be due to many things besides astigmatism-- you may have a cataract, you may have other eye problems--- some people will use slightly tinted glasses for night driving-- others will use special mirrors that dim down with oncoming headlights from behind-- it is ok to get another opinion from another doc, but first, make sure the glasses were made correctly...

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Dr. Bud Kurwa Dr. Kurwa
Ophthalmology
years in practice
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How common is astigmatism?

How common is astigmatism?

Very common: Small degrees are very common but are easily corrected with glasses. Big amounts can be difficult to correct but is less frequent.

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Dr. Tim Conrad Dr. Conrad
Ophthalmology
30 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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What does astigmatism mean?

Not spherical: Astigmatism means that the front window of the eye, the cornea, is not spherical. It is shaped like the side of an egg. Astigmatism is normal.

Dr. William Dieck Dr. Dieck
Ophthalmology
34 years in practice
New York Medical College
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How do you diagnose an astigmatism?

How do you diagnose an astigmatism?

Refraction: Astigmatism is found when the refractive state of the eye is determined. It most commonly refers to a slight American football shape of the cornea rather than a soccer ball shape. Astigmatism results is images being out of focus in the eye

Dr. Tim Conrad Dr. Conrad
Ophthalmology
30 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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Can I get contacts for astigmatism?

Can I get contacts for astigmatism?

Yes: There are contact lenses to correct astigmatism - they are called toric lenses. Rigid lenses do a great job of correcting astigmatism as well.

Dr. Daniel Gradin Dr. Gradin
Ophthalmology
32 years in practice
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
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How do I know if I have astigmatism?

See your eye doctor: See your ophthalmologist or optometrist to be measured in their clinic.

Dr. Ilan Cohen Dr. Cohen
Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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How do you know if you have astigmatism?

Get examined: If you have a significant amount of astigmatism your vision will be blurry. See your eye doctor for a refraction to find out for sure.