Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A visual defect in which the unequal curvature of one or more refractive surfaces of the eye, usually the cornea, prevents light rays from focusing clearly at one point on the retina, resulting in blurred vision.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In ophthalmology, a defect in the refractive apparatus of the eye, the curvature of the refracting surfaces being greater along certain meridians than along others, so that rays of light proceeding from an external point do not converge to a point upon the retina, but to a line.
  • noun A similar defect in a lens.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med. & Opt.) A defect of the eye or of a lens, in consequence of which the rays derived from one point are not brought to a single focal point, thus causing imperfect images or indistinctness of vision.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun optics A defect of a lens such that light rays coming from a point do not meet at a focal point so that the image is blurred.
  • noun pathology A disorder of the vision, usually due to a misshapen cornea, such that light does not focus correctly on the retina causing a blurred image.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (optics) defect in an optical system in which light rays from a single point fail to converge in a single focal point
  • noun (ophthalmology) impaired eyesight resulting usually from irregular conformation of the cornea; common in nearsighted people

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[a– + Greek stigma, stigmat-, point (from stizein, stig-, to tattoo; see steig- in Indo-European roots).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From a- ("not") + stem of Ancient Greek στίγμα (stigma, "mark, point") +‎ -ism

Examples

  • After the surgery, I definitely saw better - my previous vision had been -7 and -7.5 with severe astigmatism, which is a short step away from being totally non-functional - but after two weeks, I went back in for another corrective round.

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  • If your eye is squished on one side, called an astigmatism, your lenses should compensate for that.

    You Being Beautiful

  • If your eye is squished on one side, called an astigmatism, your lenses should compensate for that.

    You Being Beautiful

  • There is an optical condition of the eye known as astigmatism, in which the cornea is usually at fault.

    A Practical Physiology

  • Another defect of the eye, known as astigmatism, is due to the fact that the eye does not always have a perfectly spherical front (cornea).

    The Science of Human Nature A Psychology for Beginners

  • Astigmatism: An astigmatism occurs when the cornea or lens (or both) are not perfectly symmetrical.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • * '' 'Astigmatism:' '' An astigmatism occurs when the cornea or lens (or both) are not perfectly symmetrical.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • Astigmatism: An astigmatism occurs when the cornea or lens (or both) are not perfectly symmetrical.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • * '' 'Astigmatism:' '' An astigmatism occurs when the cornea or lens (or both) are not perfectly symmetrical.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • * '' 'Astigmatism:' '' An astigmatism occurs when the cornea or lens (or both) are not perfectly symmetrical.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

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