What is astigmatism?

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism means that there is a difference in the degree of refraction at different levels (axes). We can say, in a simplified way, that one of the optical areas of the eye is ""ovoid"" instead of globoid.

Astigmatism is mostly inborn and does not get significantly worse over time. Seventy percent of our patients have some degree of astigmatism. It is combined both with long-sightedness and short-sightedness.

Astigmatism is mostly corrected with laser eye surgery. In some cases, especially as regards people over 40 years of age, it is better to correct astigmatism with non-laser eye surgery. In your glasses prescription, astigmatism is abbreviated to cyl and its axis (abbreviated to ax) is expressed in angle degrees, e.g. -1.5 cyl ax 145 degrees.

Do you treat astigmatism?

Yes, we do. To a certain extent, astigmatism is present in more than 70% of our patients. The basis is different curvature of optical areas at different levels. Astigmatism is mostly corrected laser surgery. In some cases, especially as regards people over 40 years of age, it is better to correct astigmatism with non-laser surgery. In your glasses prescription, astigmatism is abbreviated to cyl and its axis (abbreviated to ax) is expressed in angle degrees, e.g. -1.5 cyl ax 145 degrees.