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Astigmatism

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a condition where parts of the eye curve more sharply in one direction than they do in another. This means the eye cannot form a sharp image at any distance. It is usually treated with special lenses with some 'cylinder curve.

Why do I have astigmatism?

There is usually a family tendency towards having astigmatism although it often develops at the same time as myopia as the eyeball changes shape.

What can I do about astigmatism?

It is difficult to do anything about astigmatism on its own but if it developed with myopia it will usually improve as the the myopia is reduced. (see myopia)

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