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    o0_Rayne_0o posted:
    Yesterday I was diagnosed with Astigmatism but I forgot to ask the doctor a question so I was hoping someone could answer it for me.

    I lived on a state route which is like a busy 2 lane road and one day I was crossing the street and I looked both ways and didn't see any cars coming and went to step out into the road and my fiance stopped me and I looked over and there was a SUV about 2 car lengths away, which where we lived it was a long stretch of road in both directions so I should have seen the SUV coming. Can this be due to my astigmatism? To not see a large vehicle, only open road, that was actually there? It was almost as if the light refracted around the SUV in such a way that it made it completely invisible to me.

    After that I looked both ways 5 times before crossing so that if it did it again I would see the car eventually.
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    Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
    A mild amount of astigmatism may be a reason to wear glasses to improve the quality of your vision but would seem to be an unlikely cause of not being about to see a large vehicle just two car lengths away from you.

    Here is a link to lots of information about astigmatism:

    http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/astigmatism-eyes


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