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At what age can children have LASIK surgery to correct astigmatism?

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At what age can children have LASIK surgery to correct astigmatism? — B., California
asked Feb 10, 2017 in Health by smyadmin

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You don't want to proceed with LASIK surgery until you are reasonably certain your child's eyes have stopped changing. Many kids who have astigmatism also have some nearsightedness, which often continues to worsen in the teen years. In most cases, the minimum age for LASIK is 18 years, and some people should wait longer.
answered Feb 10, 2017 by Dr. Heiting
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My eye doctor told me that I have astigmatism in one eye and said I could get glasses if I wanted to. He didn't seem too worried about it. Should I get glasses?
answered Feb 10, 2017 by J., New York
If you have only mild astigmatism in one eye, you see acceptably well without glasses (20/40 or better, which is the legal requirement for driving), and you are not bothered by eye strain or headaches as the day goes on, prescription eyeglasses certainly are optional. But if your vision bothers you or you experience headaches or eye strain, I recommend them.

If you are uncertain, you might want to go back to your eye doctor and have him or her show you again how much better you will see with prescription lenses. This can be demonstrated in the exam room without the need for you to purchase glasses first.
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My eyeglasses prescription says the axis of my astigmatism is 140 degrees. But when I got my glasses checked, the optician said the axis is 160 degrees. Is it harmful to wear these glasses? Will it make my astigmatism worse?
answered Feb 10, 2017 by S., India
It won't harm your eyes or make your astigmatism worse, but wearing glasses with an incorrect astigmatism axis of this magnitude (depending on the amount of astigmatism you have) will usually cause blurred vision, eye strain and other discomfort. Return to your eye doctor at your earliest convenience to recheck your prescription and the eyeglasses.
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I had cataract surgery in both eyes, and it feels like I see less well now than before the surgery. I was told I have irregular astigmatism. I did get glasses, which corrected it somewhat, but without them my vision is worse than it was before cataract surgery. Can anything be done?
answered Feb 10, 2017 by J.P., Connecticut
You may have more than one type of astigmatism since your cataract surgery. Eyeglasses can correct regular astigmatism, but they usually cannot correct irregular astigmatism.

Sometimes, astigmatism (both regular and irregular astigmatism) is induced by cataract surgery. This is because an incision must be made in the front of the eye for the surgery, and as this wound heals it can change the curvature of the clear front surface of the eye (cornea). Also, sometimes astigmatism can be caused by the placement of the lens implant inside the eye or the implant itself.

If you are unhappy with your vision without corrective lenses after cataract surgery, often there are options to improve your eyesight with a follow-up refractive surgery procedure. If you've not yet discussed this possibility with your cataract surgeon or a refractive surgeon who performs LASIK, PRK and other vision correction procedures, I recommend you do so.
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At what age does astigmatism usually occur? I've been wearing glasses since I was about 9 or 10, and I started wearing contacts at 16. I'm 22 now. In the past couple of years I've been told that I have astigmatism.
answered Feb 10, 2017 by Alex, Georgia
Astigmatism often begins in early childhood, but it can occur at any age. Sometimes, wearing contact lenses can cause astigmatism, especially if the amount of oxygen reaching your corneas is significantly reduced for extended periods. This contact lens-induced astigmatism usually is temporary, but it could possibly be permanent.

If your astigmatism continues to change, ask your eye doctor if your contact lens wear might be a factor, and if you should try a different type of lens or cut back on how long you wear your lenses.

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