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Astigmatism

Astigmatism is another common eye condition where the shape of the eye contributes to improper focusing of an image to the back of the retina. Patients can have an astigmatism in addition to being nearsighted or farsighted. Having an astigmatic prescription means that you may notice more blur or glare around an image that you are trying to focus on whether it’s near or far. If you have an astigmatism you may have been told that your eye is shaped more like a football. The shape of an astigmatic eye is one that focuses an image to more than one point on the retina causing blurred vision. With the use of glasses or toric contact lenses, most astigmatic patients are able to achieve clear vision.

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