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How bad is astigmatism?

How bad is astigmatism?

Usually not: Astigmatism is a physical curvature aspect of the cornea and lens of the eye which in effect makes the eye oval. The term astigmatism is from physics and is not usually a bad thing. The correction is a reverse oval in the eyeglasses or contacts. Most astigmatism is small and easily corrected. Sometimes it is large or irregular and that make perfect vision difficult. See your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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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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I have very bad astigmatism. How can I correct it?

I have very bad astigmatism. How can I correct it?

Yes: The best choice is rigid contact lenses, but other possibilities are glasses, soft contact lenses and laser vision correction. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is having astigmatism a bad thing?

Astigmatism: Astigmatism is one type of refractive error. Myopia (or nearsightedness), hyperopa (or farsightedness), and astigmatism all can cause refractive error. Refractive error is what causes a patient to require glasses or contact lenses to see better. Astigmatism is typically when the cornea is shaped more like a football than a basketball. Glasses, contact, and LASIK can fix this problem. ...Read more

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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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Will I need to wear glasses all the time if I have bad astigmatism?

Will I need to wear glasses all the time if I have bad astigmatism?

Yes: If you want to see well No if you don't mind being blurred. At age 44 you cannot damage your eyes by not wearing your prescription. ...Read more

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Do i need to wear glasses all the time if I have astigmatism (bad astigmatism)?

Do i need to wear glasses all the time if I have astigmatism (bad astigmatism)?

Why not contacts or : Contact lenses can treat high degrees of astigmatism as can toric intraocular lens implants. A specialist in astigmatic contact lens fitting may be needed. Clear lens extraction with a toric intraocular lens is controversial. ...Read more