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What is an astigmatism and will I eventually need glasses if it is just mild?

What is an astigmatism and will I eventually need glasses if it is just mild?

Distortion: Astigmatism is an optical "warping" of the focus usually resulting from a slightly football-shaped cornea. If mild, it provides greater depth of field, if more blur. Glasses may reduce the subjective sensation of blur. Get a refraction from your eye doctor and try with and without lenses to see what you prefer. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Astigmatism (Definition)

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Should I use regular glasses or contact lenses if I have mild astigmatism?

Should I use regular glasses or contact lenses if I have mild astigmatism?

Depends: If very mild, you can live with the slight distortion if you have no other refractive problems (myopia or hyperopia). Both glasses and contact lenses can correct astigmatism which is an ovalness of the eye corrected by a reverse oval in the glasses or contacts. Which to use is a personal choice. If needed only occasionally, glasses are the best. If you like the clarity all the time, try contac. ...Read more

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What exactly is an astigmatism and will I eventually need glasses?

What exactly is an astigmatism and will I eventually need glasses?

Oval eye shape: Astigmatism is a part of refractive errors (need for glasses) due to ovalness of the eye. Correction is a reverse oval in the glasses or contacts. You will need to correct this if it is large enough to lower your visual acuity on the eye charts. So you eventual need for glasses depends upon the degree of astigmatism. ...Read more

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Could any astigmatism symptoms be just due to wearing crooked glasses?

Could any astigmatism symptoms be just due to wearing crooked glasses?

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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How to start adjusting to stronger astigmatism glasses?

How to start adjusting to stronger astigmatism glasses?

Wear them: There is little to adjusting to an increase in the power of your eyeglasses, especially if you are an experienced wearer. If you are having trouble, consider that the prescription might not be as good as it should be. If so, then go back to the prescriber and have it re-checked. The best way to adjust, however, is simply to wear the eyeglasses. ...Read more

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How much time does it take glasses to fix an astigmatism?

Astigmatism: Usually it doesn't take very long to get a good detailed refraction to correct astigmatism. Getting used to a new pair of glasses can take a few weeks if the astigmatism has never been corrected in older glasses. This is important to discuss with your eye care provider. ...Read more

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What to do if I got my glasses for my astigmatism question?

What to do if I got my glasses for my astigmatism question?

What are you asking?: If you have astigmatism and eyeglasses have been prescribed, when you wear them you will have improved vision. Is this your goal? or are you concerned about the effect of correcting astigmatism on eye health? Perhaps reformulating the question will allow a better answer to your question. ...Read more

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If I have astigmatism, will glasses still distort my vision?

If I have astigmatism, will glasses still distort my vision?

No: Almost all eyes have astigmatism which simply means that the eye is not perfectly spherical. Most glasses contain a correction for astigmatism to reduce or eliminate the distortion it causes. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Glasses (Definition)

Glasses is a term that describes a pair of lenses that are placed in a frame to be worn to correct faulty vision ...Read more