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Astigmatism occurs when the shape of the eye is abnormal. This irregular curve can disrupt how light travels through it as it attempts to reach the retina. Vision can be blurry and extremely distorted. Other types of astigmatism involve curvature of the eyeball that makes it difficult for a person to see close up (farsighted) or far away (nearsighted). The severity of the curvature will determine how bad the condition really is. In order for astigmatism to occur, either the lens of the eye is uneven or the cornea is abnormally curved. Doctors have specific tests to identify which type of astigmatism is present.
For mild cases of astigmatism, no treatment is necessary. If the condition affects a person's vision, corrective lenses in the form of glasses can be used to correct the problem and allow the person to see normally. There are several different brands of contact lenses available that treat astigmatism very effectively. Surgical procedures are also available that can correct many problems associated with astigmatism.
Anytime the shape of the cornea or lens is disrupted or altered from its natural curve, the person's vision will be affected. The type and degree of the curve or angle will determine the degree of change. In some cases, a person will not be able to see things that are far away. If the curvature is altered in the opposite way, a person will not be able to focus or see clearly when looking at things that are close to them. In some cases, the person may not be able to focus in either situation. When this occurs, surgery may be the only option to be able to correct the potential problem. The type of vision problem a person experiences will play a role in what type of procedure is used to correct it.
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