WHAT IS ASTIGMATISM?

Asked by i_am_anjana | 23rd Dec, 2009, 11:13: AM

Expert Answer:

Astigmatism is an optical defect in which vision is blurred due to the inability of the optics of the eye to focus a point object into a sharp focused image on the retina.

Symptoms - Although mild astigmatism may be asymptomatic, higher amounts of astigmatism may cause symptoms such as blurry vision, squinting, asthenopia, fatigue, or headaches.

Cause - This may be due to an irregular or toric curvature of the cornea or lens. There are two types of astigmatism: regular and irregular. Irregular astigmatism is often caused by a corneal scar or scattering in the crystalline lens and cannot be corrected by standard spectacle lenses.

Remedy -  Irregular astigmatism can be corrected by contact lenses. Regular astigmatism arising from either the cornea or crystalline lens can be corrected by a toric lens.

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Answered by  | 23rd Dec, 2009, 12:34: PM

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