Laser Surgery For Astigmatism

Laser Surgery For Astigmatism


What is astigmatism?
People with astigmatism generally have a cornea that is more curved in one direction than the other. In other words, the cornea is elliptical instead of the normal spherical shape. As light rays enter the eye, some of the light rays are focused more strongly than others which produces a blurry image. Glasses correct astigmatism by having lenses which have more focusing power in one direction than another in order to compensate for the misshape of the eye.

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When you have astigmatism you will have problems seeing objects both close up and at a distance. If astigmatism is left untreated it can result in headaches and squinting. Wearing glasses or contact lenses may help in getting the eye to focus the way it should, but it does not cure the astigmatism. The only treatment that actually cures astigmatism is surgery.

Laser surgery for astigmatism can be easily done with current technology. There are different types of laser eye surgery that can be used to treat astigmatism. Both LASIK and PRK may be used to treat astigmatism. Astigmatism correction will improve vision at either distance or near depending upon your needs and desires. Our doctors would be pleased to meet with you to determine if you are a candidate for astigmatism correction.