astigmatism

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astigmatism   (ə-stĭg'mə-tĭz'əm)  Pronunciation Key 


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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 a single point on the retina, resulting in blurred vision.
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