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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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What is astigmatism?

What is astigmatism?

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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What is astigmatism?

Corneal curvature: Astigmatism just means that your cornea is not perfectly spherically shaped and instead has different curvatures in different directions (kind of like a football in the extreme example). Everyone has some degree of astigmatism although not everyone has enough to notice it. I doubt you "need" any surgery. ...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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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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Can astigmatism be cured?

Can astigmatism be cured?

Yes: Astigmatism is an irregularity of the cornea that is generally treated with glasses or contact lenses. It can be surgically 'cured' with laser vision corrrection ( lasik or prk ) or incisional corneal procedures. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How is astigmatism treated?

How is astigmatism treated?

Contact lenses: The irregularities in the curvature of the cornea can be addressed though customized contact lenses. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What happens in astigmatism.?

What happens in astigmatism.?

Distorted vision: Regular astigmatism is a refractive error produced when your eye generates an image as if the light rays passed through a glass football. Glasses, contact lenses, or laser vision correction can correct the error so you can see better. ...Read more

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How is astigmatism diagnosed?

How is astigmatism diagnosed?

Diagnosing Astigmati: Astigmatism is caused by a football shaped cornea so technologies can that can measure corneal shape (topographers) can diagnose astigmatism.Glasses refraction, corneal topography, scheimpflug photography, keratometry, and many sophisticated technologies can easily diagnose astigmatism today. Most cases can be corrected by glasses/cls, laser techniquesand lens implant technologies (toric lenses). ...Read more

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Can a major astigmatism be fixed?

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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How to tell if I have astigmatism?

Most people do: Most people have astigmatism which is when the front of the eye is not a perfect sphere. With significant astigmatism, your uncorrected (without glasses or contacts) vision is blurred.

So if you don't have blurred vision, you don't have significant astigmatism. If you do have blurred vision, your eye doctor can tell you if it is due astigmatism or another cause. ...Read more

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How to know if I have astigmatism?

Astigmatism: It's hard to know if you have astigmatism without an eye exam. Astigmatism is one type of refractive error. Myopia (or nearsightedness), hyperopa (or farsightedness), and astigmatism all can cause refractive error which 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. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about astigmatism?

Can you tell me about astigmatism?

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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What are the causes of astigmatism?

What are the causes of astigmatism?

Refractive Error: Here is a great article by mayo clinic: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/astigmatism/ds00230/dsection=causes. Astigmatism has to do with distortions of the curves in the cornea or the lens of the eye. ...Read more

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Are there contacts for astigmatism?

Yes: Both soft toric and rigid lenses are effective options to correct astigmatism. Small amounts of astigmatism do not need to be corrected. ...Read more

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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 ...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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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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What sort of problem is astigmatism?

Irregular shape: Astigmatism refers to a lens that is not perfectly round. Our corneas and natural lenses appear round to the naked eye, but are in fact not perfectly circular (soccer ball shaped). The more football-shaped they are, the more astigmatism they have, and the more distorted things appear through them. Glasses and contact lenses correct for the astigmatism, removing the blur and distortion it causes. ...Read more

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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. ...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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Astigmatism: how to cure permanently?

Astigmatism: how to cure permanently?

Surgical: To permanently eliminate astigmatism, you have to have surgery, either on the surface of the eye or inside the eye. For your age, if the degree of astimgatism is not unusally high, a surface procedure such as lasik is probably the best. Toric lenses can be implanted inside the eye for those patients who have cataracts and need cataract surgery. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is astigmatism? And what causes it?

What is astigmatism? And what causes it?

Eye mishapend: astigmatism is when the eye or its structures are not round (spherical). It commonly is on the cornes but may be in the lens or the shape of the eye itself. ...Read more

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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

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Could you cure your astigmatism naturally?

No: There is no proven natural remedy or treatment for astigmatism. One can optically correct for astigmatism by wearing glasses, contact lenses, or having laser eye surgery. ...Read more

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Astigmatism in young children, what to do?

Astigmatism in young children, what to do?

Eye exam: If concerned for astigmatism have child tested by optometrist who is comfortable w pediatrics or a pediatric ophthalmologist if there is one near you. Will likely need vision correction in some form ...Read more