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Astigmatism in child - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Iam.Dr.sanju
User :   Hi
Doctor :   PLEASE POST your query
User :   My daudghter 5 years, is diagnosed to have astigmatism(+3.5)
Doctor :   ok
User :   Is it common in kids?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   astigmatism is one where rays that propagate in two perpendicular planes have different foci
User :   She complains that she is not able to see far objects on the school board
Doctor :   is she on spectacles
User :   which is noticed two days back
Doctor :   Astigmatism is a common eye condition that's easily corrected by eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery.
Doctor :   Astigmatism is characterized by an irregular curvature of the cornea. This type of disorder is also known as a refractive error. Astigmatism occurs in nearly everybody to some degree. For significant curvature, treatment is required.
User :   How soon can that be corrected?
Doctor :   Almost all degrees of astigmatism can be corrected with properly prescribed eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Doctor :   For a person with only a slight degree of astigmatism, corrective lenses may not be needed at all, as long as other conditions such as nearsightedness or farsightedness are not present. I
Doctor :   f the astigmatism is moderate to high, however, corrective lenses are probably needed.
Doctor :   For astigmatism, special corrective lenses called toric lenses are prescribed.
Doctor :   oric lenses have greater light bending power in one direction than the other. After performing various tests, your eye doctor will determine the ideal toric lens prescription for your astigmatism.
User :   how long does she need to wear the glasses?
Doctor :   Another method for correcting astigmatism is by changing the shape of the cornea through refractive or laser eye surgery. While there is more than one type of refractive surgery, specific treatments are recommended on an individual basis.
Doctor :   depends on her correction time
User :   she is too young for lasik as of now right?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   right now she needs lenses
User :   Does it really depend on the thickness of the cornea?
Doctor :   yes sure
User :   Or can we correct this by having some good food/diet?
Doctor :   it will help
Doctor :   but not the real remedy
User :   what is preferable?
Doctor :   Astigmatism is characterized by an irregular curvature of the cornea. This type of disorder is also known as a refractive error. Astigmatism occurs in nearly everybody to some degree.
Doctor :   eye glasses
User :   How bout diet?
User :   These toric lenses are thick in curvature?
Doctor :   take good proteinaceous diet
User :   k
Doctor :   oric lenses have greater light bending power in one direction than the other. After performing various tests, your eye doctor will determine the ideal toric lens prescription for your astigmatism.
User :   k
Doctor :   so do discuss with your doctor
User :   why she has got this condition?
Doctor :   Astigmatism can be hereditary and is often present at birth. It can also result from pressure from the eyelids on the cornea, incorrect posture or an increased use of the eyes for close work.
Doctor :   talk with your doctor
User :   She used to watch TV right from 3 years. excessively
Doctor :   the best treatment for her
Doctor :   yes it can cause
User :   k thanks doctor
Doctor :   is there anything else i can help you with now?
User :   thats all. thanks again
Doctor :   thanks for consulting
User :   bye 4 now
Doctor :   bye for now..
Doctor :   take care..
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