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Does astigmatism get progressively worse?

It might: Almost all degrees of astigmatism can be corrected with properly prescribed eyeglasses or contact lenses. For a person with only a slight degree of astigmatism, corrective lenses may not be needed at all, as long as other conditions such as nearsightedness or farsightedness are not present. If the astigmatism is moderate to high, however, corrective lenses are probably needed. ...Read more

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


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Will my irregular astigmatism get worse as I age?

Will my irregular astigmatism get worse as I age?

Depends: It depends on the cause. Best suggestion is to ask your eye doctor about your specific case. ...Read more

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If I don't wear my glasses for astigmatism will my vision get worse.?

If I don't wear my glasses for astigmatism will my vision get worse.?

You won't C as well: Astigmatism is due to an unevenly curved cornea, that when light's reflected in, it doesn't produce a point focus on the retina. Your vision may not get worse, but you'll see blurry images w/o correction. If you don't like glasses, ask for a contact lens prescription that you can wear during the day, as it's often best not to wear it full time, so that your eyes can take a break, and just use your glasses. ...Read more

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Developed mild irregular astigmatism 5 yrs post lasik. Will it get worse with age?

Developed mild irregular astigmatism 5 yrs post lasik. Will it get worse with age?

Not Unlikely: Lasik does not reverse myopia, but rather creates a compensatory corneal abnormality based on measurements at one point in time. The eyes change continuously over a lifetime, until the ninth decade or tenth decade of life. Minor touch-up refractive surgeries or reversion to eyeglasses for reading at least is common. Some university ophthalmologists make a career of fixing residual lasik problems. ...Read more

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Can astigmatism and hyperopia to get significantly worse?

Can astigmatism and hyperopia to get significantly worse?

Hyperopia get better: Hyperopia is when the anterior to posterior length of the eye is too short. When we are young and the eye is still growing it becomes less too short and therefore gets better. ...Read more

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Can astigmatism get worse from being corrected successfully with glasses to being told to need laser surgery?

Can astigmatism get worse from being corrected successfully with glasses to being told to need laser surgery?

Astigmatism: Not enough details. Typical astigmatism can be corrected with glasses and contact lenses, but some medical eye conditions create astigmatism that requires a procedure and sometimes laser surgery. Take care. ...Read more

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I have astigmatism & im far sighted (l eye: -7.25 r eye: -7.50). Can I get laser eye surgery to correct it? I'm 16 & my eyesight gets worse every year

Not yet age stabilit: Myopia and astigmatism can be corrected with laser. Minimum approved age is 18. (Are you 16 or 22?) In addition to your prescription testing for stability, other very important tests and a dilated exam will be done by your ophthalmologist to see if you are a candidate then. There are other treatments that can correct your vision as well if your are not a good laser candidate. ...Read more

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Will my astigmatism get worse if I don't wear my glasses? My primary care physician referred me to an ophthalmologist after I developed chronic headaches about 10 years ago. I was told I had a slight astigmatism and while it wasn't affecting my sight in

Will my astigmatism get worse if I don't wear my glasses? My primary care physician referred me to an ophthalmologist after I developed chronic headaches about 10 years ago. I was told I had a slight astigmatism and while it wasn't affecting my sight in

No evidence: Astigmatism is due to irregular corneal curvature usually. Wearing glasses is unlikely to affect astigmatism. Because hard contact lenses can change the shape of the cornea, not wearing them will allow the cornea to revert to its original curvature. So not wearing your contacts might result in slight worsening of astigmatism. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Why did I get astigmatism vision at age 19?

Why did I get astigmatism vision at age 19?

Astigmatism: Means that the front surface of the eye is not perfectly spherical. In other words, more like the side of an egg than an orange. Most eyes have astigmatism. If you have significant astigmatism, your vision will be blurred and you will need glasses or contact lenses to see well. ...Read more

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Can someone with an astigmatism get contacts?

Can someone with an astigmatism get contacts?

Sure!: Most eyes with astigmatism can be fitted into astigmaticaly corrected contact lenses (toric) and in few cases more unusual cases may need to be fitted into hard contact lenses or specialty fits. Rarely, it is s bad, that they can no longer be fitted! ...Read more

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How can I stop my astigmatism from getting worse?

You cannot: With the exception of certain eye diseases, most people's prescription, including astigmatism, is stable from the early 20s to the middle to late 40s and sometimes beyond. You can correct for this with glasses, contacts or laser vision correction. ...Read more

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How can you stop my astigmatism from getting worse?

See an Eye MD: If your astigmatism is changing, then you may have a corneal disorder. See an ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Astigmatism developing and worsening in adult, what to do?

Get a correction: Glasses or contact lenses. If you rub your eyes, stop. Astigmatism does not change much over time unless you rub your eyes a lot. ...Read more

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Need expert advice! Where to get contacts online for high astigmatism?

Hi risk!: People with high astigmatism are the toughest to fit properly with contact lens. Please see an eyecare provider to fit you well and recheck the fit after a few weeks use! You are not obligated to buy any product there. Ask for references and a copy of your prescription to buy anywhere! ...Read more

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How can I get cosmetic lenses for astigmatism?

How can I get cosmetic lenses for astigmatism?

See ophtho or optom: See an ophthalmologist first and then an optometrist for options available. ...Read more

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How long will it take for me to get used to my new glasses (astigmatism)?

It varies: It takes some time to get used to glasses when you have astigmatism, and it depends on your prescription and individual situation
it takes longer if you are wearing glasses for the first time, and there may be other factors like going from contact lenses to glasses and change of frame from large frame to small frame. ...Read more

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Can an astigmatism become slightly worse without the presence of another etiology? Am correctable to 20/20.

Can an astigmatism become slightly worse without the presence of another etiology? Am correctable to 20/20.

Yes: Astigmatism can slowly change over time - sometimes better and sometimes worse. This depends upon a number of factors but is it something you cannot control. The changes mostly, however, are small and nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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How much degree of astigmatism is ignorable? I have -0.50 cyl, ax 111 in right and -0.50 cyl, ax 92 in left. Should I get correction for this?

How much degree of astigmatism is ignorable? I have -0.50 cyl, ax 111 in right and -0.50 cyl, ax 92 in left. Should I get correction for this?

Cyl: For most folks, 0.5 cyl does not affect vision. Rarely, a person will see better if this amount is corrected. For a contact lens wearer, this amount of cyl is usually ignored... ...Read more

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Should I get contacts or corrective surgery for astigmatism?

Astigmatism: Astigmatism is when the curvature of the cornea is steeper in one axis than another. This causes blur. Contact lenses that correct astigmatism are a good way to correct your vision and if you like how you see lasik is a very safe and reliable way to correct it permanently if you don't want to wear contacts every day. ...Read more

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Can I get lasik with astigmatism?

Yes: LASIK does treat astigmatism. Your doctor will evaluate you with an examination and some special pictures. They will let you know if you qualify for LASIK. ...Read more

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Astigmatism getting worse--not a candidate for lasik, what to do?

Astigmatism ; LASIK: If you are not a candidate for lasik, then I wonder whether your increasing astigmatism is caused by keratoconus. Corneal collagen cross linking is an effective treatment for keratoconus. Another reason for not being a candidate is that your prescription is too high or your cornea is too thin. Please seek a second opinion to see if other procedures are an option. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Can you get an astigmatism from working in front of the computer for too long?

Can you get an astigmatism from working in front of the computer for too long?

NO: Astimatism is a type of refractive error like myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness). It is basically determined by the length of the eye and the shape of the front surface (cornea) of the eye. Sustained focusing for near may induce a progression (higher prescription) of a myopic refractive error but not asigmatism. ...Read more

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If I have hyperopia and astigmatism, can I still get contacts?

If I have hyperopia and astigmatism, can I still get contacts?

YES: In most cases, a contact lens is available for combinations of hyperopia (far-sightedness) and astigmatism. Some of the higher degrees of these conditions may be difficult to fit, or the available choices of contacts very limited, or expensive. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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My astigmatism getting worse with farsightedness, help?

My astigmatism getting worse with farsightedness, help?

Normal: Farsightedness with and without astigmatism is something you are born with. After age 38 the accommodative power of the lens decreases. People then "manifest' their hyperopic astigmatism. And it does seem to increase specially if it is significant amount, from age 38-45 rapidly. As long as you don't have any other eye diseases this is a normal phenomenon. See your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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.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. ...Read more

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My optician said they didn't want to request lenses with the full astigmatism correction of - 5 because I might get headaches. Is this valid?

Possibly: If you have a high level of astigmatism and are not used to wearing a spectacle lens to correct for it, headaches and discomfort can occur. I would check with your eye doctor regarding what prescription you should go with. ...Read more

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I'm myopic since I remember (Now I've got astigmatism too) and every year it gets a bit worse. Does it ever stop worsening? Like at a certain age?

Advancing myopia: Myopia results from horizontally lengthening of the eye ball. It keeps increasing in length usually as long as person is growing (about 22 years in female and 25 years in male). A rare disorder is 'degenerative myopia'. Astigmatism results from corneal surface irregularity. Consult an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Every time I go for an eyetest within the same time period, I get different astigmatism and axis corrections on my script. Why is it not consistent?

Every time I go for an eyetest within the same time period, I get different astigmatism and axis corrections on my script. Why is it not consistent?

Dry or changing eye: I'm not sue what you mean by 'within the same time period'. Possible causes of changes in your refraction include developing cataract and dry eye. Small differences could also be from your head position during refraction. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I have a strange dizziness. The room isn't spinning. It's more like when I get new glasses for astigmatism. What could cause it? No headache

I have a strange dizziness. The room isn't spinning. It's more like when I get new glasses for astigmatism. What could cause it? No headache

Vision has to adjust: The visual system is quite important in maintaining a sense of balance/equilibrium, & sensing "dizziness." This is because there are discrete connections between the optic nerves and the cerebellum as well as other areas of the brain important to control balance. When you get new glasses your eyes need time to adjust and the connections to the cerebellum need to "reset." ...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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I have nearsightedness and an astigmatism. Should I wear glasses all the time, even for close up activities? Or will this make vision worse?

I have nearsightedness and an astigmatism. Should I wear glasses all the time, even for close up activities? Or will this make vision worse?

Myopic spectacles: Yes, prescription glasses refine the refractive error of the eye, whether nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatism, or presbyopia. In your case, your myopia allows you to see more clearly up close, but blurry at distance. Wearing properly prescribed glasses will refine your distance vision, &, By the way, wearing glasses doesn't deteriorate your vision. If you see clearly upclose without them on, great ...Read more

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Without wearing my glasses I get sometimes blurry vision that last for a few seconds and I don't see anything clear. I have miopia and astigmatism.

Without wearing my glasses I get sometimes blurry vision that last for a few seconds and I don't see anything clear. I have miopia and astigmatism.

Eye dryness: This is a common symptom in eyes that are dry. However you might also have an inadequate prescription if this symptoms is persistent. Check with your ophthalmologist for the best solution. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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 ...Read more