Common "Astigmatism" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Astigmatism refers to the abnormal shape of the cornea, which causes blurred vision. It may present at birth and happen in combination with nearsightedness or farsightedness. The symptoms of astigmatism are eyestrain, headache, squinting, difficulty in night vision, and distorted or blurred vision.

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I took a corneal topography for an issue in my right eye. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor.I need help in reading my corneal topography result. Do I have keratoconus, and if yes, how bad is it? What does the 80 % normal mean? Can you please explain each number in the chart? Lastly, what are my treatment options? My right eye hurts every morning I wake up. I started seeing the do...  Read Full »

Dr. Souhad Abdulhalim Lawand

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The numbers on your keratotopography signify the thickness and the geometry of the cornea, meaning if the corneal surface is usually quite spherical in all its aspects, any areas with increased thickness in comparison to the other areas of that cornea are considered ...  Read Full »

I have astigmatism and occasional peripheral vision shadow. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 19-year-old male. I have been to a few ophthalmologists about this and they seem to think it is benign. But I want to get some other input on this. If I widen my eyes and move my head around, I can see shadows in my far peripheral vision moving as my head does. And it seems that...  Read Full »

Dr. Souhad Abdulhalim Lawand

Answer: Hello, Welcome to What you are describing is most probably breaks in the gel shaped part of the eye and is called floaters. It is a normal and physiological condition that we see in patients that have refractive errors and have no significant consequences. If these symptoms persist an...  Read Full »

I am using toric lenses for astigmatism. How long will it take to correct astigmatism?

Query: Hello doctor, I got toric lenses to correct my astigmatism. Can I switch to regular eye lenses? I want to have colored eye lenses, but it is not available in toric lenses. And how long will it take to correct astigmatism?  Read Full »

Dr. Asif Manzoor

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have not mentioned how much astigmatism you got. If it is negligible, then it will be fine with the spherical lens only. If it is significantly high, then you must need toric lenses. You can get a customized contact lens from some good optician or lens dispensing...  Read Full »

I have astigmatism. Is it possible to wear a colored contract lens?

Query: Hi doctor, Can I wear a regular colored contact lens for only one night if I have astigmatism? I have no eye symptoms at all. I wear glasses all of the time, that is all. Before five to six years, I had surgery on my right eye due to eye cysts. It is fully healed now. I want to change my look for my...  Read Full »

Dr. Gargi Madhukar Apte

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You can wear colored contact lenses for one night; no harm in it, but you will be uncomfortable as your vision will be blurry. If you can manage with it, you can wear it for one night for your birthday. I wish you a happy 18 birthday in advance. Thank you  Read Full »

I have glaucoma and astigmatism. How can the vision and headaches be cured?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 48 years old, female. I have been diagnosed with starting glaucoma and I have all OCT scans and glaucoma screening results. I would like to know what precisely is happening with my eye. I had a bad vision already for 3 to 4 years and was wearing glasses but now it is not comfortable...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to OCT is normal. Glaucoma is in very early stage (attachment removed to protect patient identity) but you have not mentioned your intraocular pressure for astigmatism. I would suggest these options like toric contact lenses. A non-surgical procedure but contact lenses req...  Read Full »

Can I get ICL or LASIK for eye power?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 24 years old and have been wearing glasses for myopia for six years. I have spectacle powers -9D and -11D in left and right eyes respectively with some small degrees of astigmatism. I had been consulting doctors for LASIK and ICL. I was found ineligible for LASIK but each doctor h...  Read Full »

Dr. Skandha Harshita

Answer: Hi, Welcome to ICl is a surgical procedure to implant an artificial lens on the natural lens. During the workup of taking up a case for ICL surgery, many parameters are considered as it has a high risk of secondary cataract formation later on. Some of them are endothelial cell count, ...  Read Full »

How can I get my cylindrical eye power corrected?

Query: Hi doctor, I have done an eye test recently, and I found that I need a cylindrical correction too. Earlier I used spectacles only with spherical correction. My test results show 6/18, -1.25 DC × 95, 6/6 and 6/9, -0.25/-0.75 × 75, 6/6. I would like to know whether my eye power is too wea...  Read Full »

Dr. Skandha Harshita

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The cylinder power is low, and there is nothing to worry. As there is astigmatism, the glasses have to be worn at all times. You do not need to wear glasses if you do not have symptoms like eye strain or a headache. But if you have eye strain and headache, you need to w...  Read Full »

Will a regular contact lens cause eye damage in astigmatism?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a very blurred vision due to high eye grade and astigmatism. My left eye is 225, and the right eye is 675. I am planning to get a pair of contact lenses, but the special lenses are a bit pricey. Will it damage my eyesight if I am going to choose regular contact lenses?  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In general, contact lenses are only meant for occasional use and cannot be used every day. In case you meant the special lenses have higher oxygen permeability and help your cornea stay healthy, please go ahead with those. The best option to remain permanently free f...  Read Full »

My right eye vision is not clear with my new glasses. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I wear glasses with a minimal prescription of - .25 with slight astigmatism and + 2 reading. Recently, I got a new pair of progressive lenses. I am finding that my right eye cannot focus properly and it is always blurry. First, I thought that the prescription was wrong. But after making m...  Read Full »

Dr. Skandha Harshita

Answer: Hi, Welcome to By going through your query, I can understand that you are suffering from intolerance to progressive lenses. It can be due to an increase in near vision with age. It is not due to incorrect PD (pupillary distance). If you work on a computer, intermediate vision glasses ...  Read Full »

My daughter has a cylindrical eye number. Will it progress?

Query: Hello doctor, I got my 2.7 years old daughter's eyes checked, and she has a cylindrical number of -1 and -1.25 at 180 axis. Will it increase as she grows? Is the test done on the machine, reliable? I hope this is not a sign of keratoconus.  Read Full »

Dr. Shikha Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This may be a sign of keratoconus, but not for sure. It depends on the progression. If it progresses rapidly and corneal thinning occurs, then only it can be called as keratoconus. At present it is astigmatism. And you should start using glasses. Yes, it will change ...  Read Full »

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