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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)

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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How bad is my astigmatism? O.D. -.5/+1.25/+175. O.S. -.5/+1.75/+172

How bad is my astigmatism? O.D. -.5/+1.25/+175.   O.S. -.5/+1.75/+172

Good/Bad in the eye: of the beholder. Astigmatism simply means the focusing of the eye is not equal all angles around the central line of sight; more curvature one way than 90 degrees around. The +1.25 & +1.75 values in the ophthalmologist's Rx for correction is the astigmatism correction in diopters (1 = the curvature needed to focus parallel light rays to a point 1 meter away). Values >3-4 diopters=fairly high. ...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?

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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Cylinder -3.00 left axis 175 i know I have an astigmatism but how bad is it?

Moderately bad: 3 diopters of cylinder is reasonably severe astigmatism. Not horrible, but not mild either. ...Read more

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