Astigmatism is a condition in which an abnormal curvature of the cornea can cause two focal points to fall in two different locations making objects up close and at a distance appear blurry. Half of all Americans have some sort of vision problem, mostly myopia or astigmatism.
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Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2014. Update on astigmatism management. Astigmatism is a common refractive error that affects a significant portion of the population. This is a review of the most salient topics on assessing astigmatism as well as a discussion of the latest developments in surgical options and newest technologies to improve outcomes. Laser corneal ablation continues to be highly effective for correcting low-to-moderate levels of astigmatism and may be the best option for the younger patient population. For eyes with astigmatism and cataracts, both peripheral corneal-relaxing incisions and cataract extraction with toric intraocular lenses have proven to be effective. Improved assessment of astigmatism, methods to select more accurate lens power, and new technologies to confirm proper axis alignment have all contributed to minimizing postoperative residual astigmatism.
Effect on different races
Young Hispanic children may be more likely to have this vision defect or eye disorder than their African-American peers. Ophthalmology, September 30, 2010.
Relationship between astigmatism and aging in middle-aged and elderly Japanese.
Jpn J Ophthalmology. 2005.
To study the effect of aging on astigmatism in adult Japanese. Measurements of refractive errors and keratometry were performed on 2161 randomly selected subjects (aged 40-79 years). The relation between age and the net value in diopters (D) of astigmatism was evaluated with a trend test. The relation between age and the polar value was also examined by linear regression analysis. The mean (+/-SD) value of total and corneal astigmatism was -0.97 +/- 0.72 D and -0.86 +/- 0.63 D, respectively, and the net value of both increased with age. The prevalence of either type of astigmatism also increased with age. The prevalence of against-the-rule astigmatism increased with age for either type of astigmatism. The prevalence of astigmatism increases and the axis turns to against-the-rule with age. The result of the linear regression analysis indicates that the age-related change in astigmatism is mainly associated with changes in the cornea.
Refractive status of indigenous people in the northwestern Amazon
region of Brazil.
Optom Vis Sci. 2005. New England College of Optometry, Boston, Massachusetts
The purpose of this study was to investigate the refractive status of the illiterate indigenous people of the upper Rio Negro region of the Amazon rain forest in northwestern Brazil. From an overall sample of 486 people, 259 indigenous people and 78 Brazilians between 12 and 59 years of age with no compromising optical opacities were refracted with cycloplegic retinoscopy. Subjects were categorized as indigenous if they had at least three generations of indigenous ancestry with no folklore suggesting other ancestors. Myopia was rare among the indigenous population. Only 2.7% of eyes showed myopia of -1.00 D or more and 1.6% (four people) had bilateral myopia of -1.00 D or more. Half of this small group were the only educated indigenous people examined. The prevalence of astigmatism and anisometropia equal to or >1.00 D was 15% and 8%, respectively. Most of the astigmatism in the indigenous people had an against-the-rule axis. Age was not associated with the refractive errors of the indigenous people. Brazilians from the small city in which the study was performed had higher rates of myopia (6.4% of eyes and 5.1% of subjects bilaterally). Older preeducation adults also had a very low prevalence of myopia, whereas the younger, slightly educated Brazilians had a higher prevalence of myopia. The low prevalence of myopia in the illiterate indigenous people is consistent with other studies and suggests that myopia is related to literacy. The generational change among the local mixed race Brazilians further supports this conclusion. The relatively high rates of astigmatism and anisometropia in the indigenous people were unusual for a predominantly emmetropic sample.
Astigmatism in monkeys with experimentally induced myopia or
Optom Vis Sci. 2005. College of Optometry, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
Astigmatism is the most common ametropia found in humans and is often associated with large spherical ametropias. However, little is known about the etiology of astigmatism or the reason(s) for the association between spherical and astigmatic refractive errors. This study examines the frequency and characteristics of astigmatism in infant monkeys that developed axial ametropias as a result of altered early visual experience. Data were obtained from 112 rhesus monkeys that experienced a variety of lens-rearing regimens that were intended to alter the normal course of emmetropization. These visual manipulations included form deprivation; optically imposed defocus; and continuous ambient lighting with or without optically imposed defocus. In addition, data from 19 control monkeys and 39 infants reared with an optically imposed astigmatism were used for comparison purposes. The lens-rearing period started at approximately 3 weeks of age and ended by 4 to 5 months of age. Refractive development for all monkeys was assessed periodically throughout the treatment and subsequent recovery periods by retinoscopy, keratometry, and A-scan ultrasonography. In contrast to control monkeys, the monkeys that had experimentally induced axial ametropias frequently developed significant amounts of astigmatism, especially when their eyes exhibited relative hyperopic shifts in refractive error. The astigmatism was corneal in origin, and the axes of the astigmatism were typically oblique and bilaterally mirror symmetric. Interestingly, the astigmatism was not permanent; the majority of the monkeys exhibited substantial reductions in the amount of astigmatism at or near the end of the lens-rearing procedures. In infant monkeys, visual conditions that alter axial growth can also alter corneal shape. Similarities between the astigmatic errors in our monkeys and some astigmatic errors in humans suggest that vision-dependent changes in eye growth may contribute to astigmatism in humans.
Role of astigmatism in the creation of myopia
Klin Oczna. 2003.
A total of 167 people with myopia (117 women and 50 men) of the age between 12 and 51 were examined. Routine ophthalmological examinations, keratometry as well as refractometry were carried out. The data was analysed using the coefficient of rang Spearman's correlation and the coefficient of linear Pearson's correlation. A negative correlation was found between the corneal astigmatism and myopia progress. A positive correlation was observed between total astigmatism and myopia. Corneal and total astigmatism predisposes the progress of myopia.