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What causes astigmatism?

What causes astigmatism?

Eye growth: Mosty astigmatism is due to the way the eye develops as it grows and is due to differential growth in one axis causing an ovalness of the need for glasses. Some astigmatism can also be from eye trauma. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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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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What is the best brand of contacts for astigmatism?

Contacts Astigmatism: Some people with high degrees of astigmatism cannot use soft toric contact lenses. Instead, they may require a gas permeable lens to correct their vision. Gas permeable lenses give crisper vision but may be less comfortable to wear. ...Read more

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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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Can a major astigmatism be fixed?

Usually: Astigmatism can be corrected with eyeglasses and special contact lenses. It can be diminished with lasik surgery in most cases. The key word here is "major". Discuss with your ophthalmologist what options would be best for you. ...Read more

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Do I have to have annual exam if astigmatism?

Do I have to have annual exam if astigmatism?

Probably not: Astigmatism, an eye ovalness, is relatively stable and generally will not change much year to year. The frequency of needs for eye examinations relate to the underlying health of the eye (do you have diabetes for instance?), your age, medical history and eye diseases. Annual examinations can be a marketing tool to sell more contacts and glasses in some cases. ...Read more

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What are contacts for astigmatism versus regular contacts?

What are contacts for astigmatism versus regular contacts?

Toric contacts: Toric contact lens correct astigmatism and either hyperopia or myopia. Regular lens do not correct astigmatism and are either for hyperopia or myopia. The lenses are otherwise the same. ...Read more

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Are there symptoms of astigmatism that a person would notice?

Are there symptoms of astigmatism that a person would notice?

Yes: "astigamatism symptoms", generally blurred or distorted vision, can be caused by many things. Incorrect glasses prescription, or glasses fitting in a tilted or "crooked" manner, can also cause these symptoms. See an ophthalmologist or optometrist to see if the glasses prescription is correct, and that they are fitting properly. ...Read more

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About how long does astigmatism last?

About how long does astigmatism last?

Long time: Astigmatism is typically from an abnormal corneal shape or lens shape, and this anatomy usually doesn't change or cancel out on it's own (need some kind of treatment like laser or lens surgery), but can be corrected for. ...Read more

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How can I bring my astigmatism down?

Surgery: Unfortunately, surgery is really the only way, but you may or may not be a candidate and i would weigh the risks and benefits. Another way is something called orthokeratology, but it is not a permanent fix and it is hard to find someone who does it, but that is a non-invasive and reversible solution too. ...Read more

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