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Astigmatism

Asymmetric steepening of the cornea or natural lens causes light to be focused unevenly, which is the main optical problem in astigmatism.  To individuals with uncorrected astigmatism, images may look blurry or shadowed.  Astigmatism can accompany any form of refractive error and is very common.

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Astigmatism can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, corneal relaxing incisions, laser vision correction, and special implant lenses.

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