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Cylindrical Eye Power

If a person is said to have cylindrical eye power, they have what is known as astigmatism, a refractive error. It means that the correction required is unequal in different meridians of the eye. So, they will need a spectacle lens with a cylinder power correction in addition to the spherical power correction.

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Why is there a difference between axis given by doctor and autorefractometer?

Query: Hi doctor, My cylindrical power in the right eye is -0.5 D and the axis of the power is coming 30 in the auto refractometer. But, my doctor prescribed me the axis of the power 180, and I could see even the smallest letters in the Snellen's chart with that glass. So, I want to know why there is a hug...  Read Full »


Dr. Rasmi Abo Touk Rifai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You see, ten by ten or six by six mean the glasses are good and suitable. For the difference, actually, the difference is 30 and not 150 and I will explain it to you. The cylinder and its axis is a piece of the rod without base and head, both ends are same. Now imagine ...  Read Full »

My son has cylindrical vision. How should I take care?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 4.5 years old. He is having a cylindrical vision with -2.75 power on both the eyes. What care and precaution do I need to take?  Read Full »


Dr. Asif Manzoor

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Keep regular follow ups with your optometrist and eye doctor for repeated refraction for every 3 to 6 months. His refraction will keep on changing till 20 to 25 years of age as the eye grows and the shape of the cornea keeps changing. The main thing is avoiding amblyopia...  Read Full »

Is it normal to not have a 0.75 vision for a 4-years-old child?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is almost four years-old. I got his routine eyesight check-up with dilation today. From the right eye, he could not read the last three lines even with the lenses they put to check vision, and his number is cylindrical minus 2.5. From the left eye, he could see 6/7.5, and his nu...  Read Full »


Dr. Shikha Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern about your son. The good news is it is detected early. It can be a lazy eye, but the normal adult vision of 6/6 comes at six years, which may also be a reason for low vision. But yes, whatever cylindrical power comes, he must use spectacles...  Read Full »

What is cylindrical eye power?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is four years and 10 months old. He has -2.5 cylindrical power in both the eyes. Is it possible for his eyesight to recover? Is this a serious condition at this age? Can it be improved with a diet? Are there any precautions I must take? Could it be due to excessive use of phones an...  Read Full »


Dr. Bachar Khoury

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Unfortunately, his eyesight will not return to normal. But his vision can be corrected with a LASIK surgery after he turns 18. It is not a serious condition. It cannot be improved with diet. You can ensure he takes breaks when reading and watching television.   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 icliniq.com. 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 »

What are the complications of not wearing spectacles for 1.5 eye power?

Query: Hello doctor, My 7-year-old daughter has 1.5 cylindrical power in the left eye only. She has no problem without glass. If she does not use spectacles will there be any problem in future?  Read Full »


Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concerns. This power of 1.5 cylinders although relatively small, needs to be adequately corrected. You see, each part of our body is dependent on our users for its development. The part we use the most tends to develop more, and the area we do not u...  Read Full »

Is it mandatory to wear glass for eye power in an 8-year-old?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 8.11 years old. He had an eye injury one week before, which caused left eye corneal epithelial defect (3 mm, no infiltrate). He was adviced for constant use of single vision white glass. His reports are, right eye (SPH=+0.00), (CYL=+0.75), (AXIS=95), (VISION=6/6) and left eye...  Read Full »


Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concerns and have gone through your son's eye records. I can confirm that the power given cannot be reversed by eating carrots and vitamins. This type of power is called a cylindrical power, and if he does not wear the glasses, he can develop weakne...  Read Full »

Does a two-year-old having eye power need to wear glasses?

Query: Hello doctor, It appears that my two-year-old son has eye power, as indicated by the measurements provided. His right eye shows consistent measurements of -1.50 (S), -1.00 (C), and either 169, 171, or 171 (A). In his left eye, the measurements vary slightly with values of 2.00 (S), 0.75 (C), and eit...  Read Full »


Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The retinoscopy that has been done is the final refractive error. The automatic refractometer readings that you have mentioned are in negative but retinoscopy that has been mentioned is...  Read Full »

I have eye strain from prolonged computer use. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 38 year old male. I spend nearly 12 hours in front of the laptop every day due to the nature of my work. I have a cylindrical power of -.75 in my right eye for almost five years now. However, nowadays I feeling eye strain. At my workplace, a doctor advised me to use spe...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This condition is very common when you work for long on the computer and is called computer vision syndrome. You do not need special glasses. Rather, you can keep a screen guard over your computer to protect yourself from UV-rays (ultraviolet). Keep your computer at a ...  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 icliniq.com. 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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