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Does everything really have to look crooked in order to correct for an astigmatism?

By Anonymous January 23, 2019 - 10:15am
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Just recently got a new script for my glasses. I've had an astigmatism ever since I can remember. But at no time did a new pair of glasses cause everything outside of the text I might read to go out of perspective: Tables slanted downward. Items in my peripheral vision were different from items in my front vision.

When I went back to Vision World to ask about it, the eye doctor said that that was the only way to correct for the way my astigmatism had changed over time.

So I chose to not have the correction, and now EVERYTHING is just slightly blurry and reading (especially on the computer) (and even with a computer mid focal) is very hard. I have tri-focals, so distance, computer, and reading should all produce clear vision.

I just need to know if what he said is true -- that eventually you cannot correct for an astigmatism without distorting everything else.

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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing!

Glasses - even the most sophisticated glasses may not help a severe astigmatism.

Have you considered surgery?

To correct severe astigmatism, an ophthalmologist might use special knives or a laser beam to correct the abnormal or irregular curve of the cornea. The surgery is an outpatient procedure (does not require a hospital stay) that is performed with local anesthesia.

There are three types of surgical procedures that an ophthalmologist might perform:

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)—Laser beams are used to reshape the abnormal or irregular curve of the cornea.
Laser in situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)—This is a type of PRK; the ophthalmologist uses a laser beam to reshape the curve of the cornea by removing corneal tissue.
Radical keratotomy (RK)—Small incisions (cuts) are made partial thickness into the cornea.

Laser-assisted subepithelial Keratomileusis (LASEK)—This procedure is not as commonly used; however, it may offer additional benefits especially for patients with thin corneas or at high risk of an eye injury.
There are risk factors associated with all surgery. To choose the best surgical treatment option for your condition, it is important that you speak with your doctor about potential risks and side effects.

Anon, talk to an ophthalmologist about your options.


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