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Can reading in dim lighting cause astigmatism?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

No, reading in dim lighting cannot cause astigmatism. That and other old wives' tales like watching the television too closely cannot cause this disorder. It is only caused by a physical injury to the eye or is present at birth.

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