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What is astigmatism?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Oval eye shape

Refractive errors require either plus (farsighted) or minus (nearsighted) glasses + an extra amount if the eye is oval in shape (astigmatism).
These are called refractive errors and can be corrected with glasses or contacts. The list of other eye problems is long and these are usually unrelated to astigmatism.

In brief: Oval eye shape

Refractive errors require either plus (farsighted) or minus (nearsighted) glasses + an extra amount if the eye is oval in shape (astigmatism).
These are called refractive errors and can be corrected with glasses or contacts. The list of other eye problems is long and these are usually unrelated to astigmatism.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Niraj Patel
Dr. Niraj Patel
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