Can LASIK Fix Astigmatism?Posted on: September 26, 2018 | Lasik Eye Surgery
Can LASIK fix astigmatism? Short answer: Yes—yes, it can. Astigmatism affects nearly 33% of the population in the U.S. That’s a staggering number to consider. Thankfully, it’s a highly treatable condition despite it being commonplace. For years now, people with astigmatism have sought out refractive surgery as a safe and effective way to treat their condition. If you suffer from astigmatism or other vision problems, here are a few things to know when seeking a long-lasting solution.
What is Astigmatism?
Simply put, astigmatism is a condition that signifies that an eye is not completely round. Normal eyeballs are almost a perfect sphere, allowing light to effectively enter and bend. However, if you have an abnormally shaped eye, the light that enters gets skewed to a degree, which can lead to blurry vision or other vision problems. More often than not, your vision will become partially blurry. Thankfully, there are several cost-efficient and effective solutions for astigmatism, including LASIK surgery, eyeglasses, and contact lenses.
What Causes Astigmatism?
The causes of astigmatism are widely unknown. It is known, however, that it’s a naturally occurring condition that many people are born with. Astigmatism can also be caused by a wide variety of other factors, including eye injuries, related surgeries, and diseases. No matter the cause, astigmatism can easily be corrected through advanced procedures and corrective lenses.
What Are the Symptoms?
Blurry vision is perhaps the most prominent symptom of astigmatism. Eye strain has also been attributed to the condition, but more often than not, your astigmatism will not cause you discomfort. If you experience blurry vision, we recommend receiving an eye exam from an experienced eye doctor. However, if you have other vision problems, we strongly advise you to receive a proper eye exam to get a better understanding of the condition of your eyes.
How Can LASIK Fix Astigmatism?
Laser vision correction, also known as LASIK, is an effective solution for astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and other eye conditions. Since astigmatism affects the curvature of your cornea, laser technology can easily reshape key areas of your eye so your cornea can property distribute light. When your eyes are affected by astigmatism, its magnitude rarely exceeds 3.0 diopters (D), which means that LASIK can fully correct it with one procedure.
Astigmatism can also be treated by eyeglasses or contacts, but these are not permanent solutions. Over time, the cost of glasses and contacts will stack up while your condition remains unaltered. In fact, it may even worsen. If you want a long-lasting solution for your astigmatism, talk to an ophthalmologist near you.
Interested in LASIK eye surgery? At Mattioli Vision Professionals, we’ve helped over 45,000 Houstonians see clearer with advanced vision procedures. Schedule a free consultation today to see if you’re a candidate for this life changing procedure!
Dr. Mattioli is board-certified by the American Board of Physician Specialties in Ophthalmology and has over 18 years of vision correction experience. Since 2001, he has performed over 45,000 laser refractive treatments and hundreds of cataract/implant procedures.