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Astigmatism | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Glasses or contact lenses can be prescribed to control the light coming into the eye. The glasses or contact lenses direct the light to a point focus on the retina, so the image doesn't appear smeared.

Recently, corneal surgery procedures have become recognized as a possible treatment for astigmatism. Cuts in the cornea or the use of lasers or other surgical techniques on the cornea have been shown to reduce or get rid of astigmatism.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Contact lenses may cause injury to the cornea. Surgery may cause bleeding, infection, or allergic reaction to anesthesia.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

Once astigmatism is corrected, the person will have normal vision.

How is the condition monitored?

Astigmatism is monitored during routine eye examinations. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Author: William Stevens, MD
Reviewer: Sal Sandoval, MD
Date Reviewed: 09/17/01

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