Make sure something else isn't going on in addition to the astigmatism.
Rarely something in the upper lid can induce an astigmatism, but could also make the eyes look different, so make sure you get it checked out!
While astigmatism changes the shape of your eye, and this change can affect the clarity of your vision and the intensity of prescription required to bring your vision into focus, it should not actually affect the appearance of your eye as you look it it's reflection in the mirror. If this has been suggested previously I would advise to have it rechecked.
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The distorted image that an eye with astigmatism produces is different than one with no astigmatism, but the appearance of the eye when looked at through a mirror or by another person, should be no different.
If it is different, it should be examined by an ophthalmologist.
Roger Ohanesian MD
front of the eye). There are some surgical procedures that ophthalmologists
can do to correct astigmatism. However, it would be very uncommon for
astigmatism to change the way your eye looks. I wonder if you might have a
pterygium (growth caused by sun damage) or other condition affecting the
surface of the eye? It is a good idea to make an appointment with an
Ophthalmologist (Eye MD) who can take a good look at the eye to determine
what is causing the change in appearance.
Astigmatism can be due to several causes. Whether it will progress or not depends on the cause of the astigmatism. Have you had a corneal topography? That will help exclude corneal ectasias such as keratoconus which can indeed lead to progressively worsening astigmatism.
Depending on the cause there can be several treatment options. Cross linking would be the first choice for keratoconus. However for astigmatism without any ectasia the first choice would be a suitable contact lens trial. There are surgical options as well but most patients will benefit from contact lenses although refractive surgical options can also be appropriate for some patients.
If there is a progressive disease process identified, then by treating the disease, you can stop the progression of astigmatism. For example, when we remove large pterygia from the eye, a majority of the astigmatism is removed. LASIK or PRK can also be performed to correct large amounts of astigmatism, if you are a candidate. If you are seeing a difference in the appearance of your two eyes, then something else may be going on and you should seek an opinion by a board certified ophthalmologist or optometrist.
- Lee Katzman MD
Do you have any additional information?
an Ophthalmologist or Optometrist can give you a quick answer.
1. Does it look different because of the lids or cornea?
2. It depends on the underlying reason but the short answer is yes.