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Posted by Brian H on December 06, 2000 at 13:11:05:

In Reply to: Astigmatism How Bad does it have too be before its 'BAD' posted by Yousef on November 19, 2000 at 19:18:04:

: Ho dow i know if my Astigmatism is bad i know it concerns my axis 'score' but is high good and low poor and what sort of numbers have you got!
: p.s Computers are the cause of a lot of modern eyesight deteriortion trust me!!!!!on that atleast!
: goodluck 'put it this way your eyesight can't be as bad as mine' i hope that makes you feel better cause i'm blind without my glasses!


Astigmatism is usually caused by the front surface of the eye being non-spherical, like the side of a football, compared to the side of a basketball. The axis is only a measurment of which way the "football" shape is aligned, ranging from horizontal to vertical, back to horizontal (0 to 180 degrees).

The Cylinder power is what measures the degree of severity. It will go in .25 steps, ranging from very mild, at -.25, to moderate at around -2.00, to severe, at around -4.00, and sometimes very severe, up to and over -8.00 (or +.25 to +8.00, depending on how your eye doctor chooses to write your Rx, it can be transposed to + or - signs.)

Hope this helps, Brian


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