• Is it possible for a 5-year-old to outgrow astigmatism?


    Question:

    Is it possible for a 5-year-old to outgrow moderate astigmatism and thus the need for glasses to correct it? 


    Answer:

    It is possible for the astigmatism in a 5-year-old to decrease over time. It is also equally possible for it to increase some over time. Most of the time astigmatism can be considered a refractive condition and not a disease. Ensuring your child wears glasses to correct the astigmatism (or any other refractive error) is the most important thing you can do to protect their developing visual system. Regular exams with an ophthalmologist, and in some cases a pediatric ophthalmologist, is the best course to make sure the proper prescription is prescribed for your child’s visual development.