• Can glasses fully correct my astigmatism?


    Question:

    Will eye glasses correct astigmatism to 20/20 when wearing them? I just received a new pair of glasses, and the eye doctor said I have high-moderate astigmatism (I assume he meant high in the left eye and moderate in the right eye). I asked what my prescription is, and he said it was hard to explain, so he didn't tell me. I don't have any eye diseases, so, aside from astigmatism, my eyes are healthy.


    Answer:

    There are two types of astigmatism: regular and irregular. Glasses or soft contacts can usually correct regular astigmatism to 20/20, but if it is a high amount, the eye may not be correctable to 20/20. Glasses or soft contacts cannot usually correct irregular astigmatism completely, but customized contacts can usually overcome this problem. Rigid gas permeable or scleral contact lenses can correct irregular astigmatism and they may be able to get the eye back to 20/20. If you are unhappy with the vision using glasses, the next step is to consider custom-fit contact lenses.


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