If you have astigmatism, you are likely already familiar with the modifications that often accompany your vision correction options. For example, those with astigmatism who wear contact lenses may need specialized toric contact lenses to provide clear vision. With this in mind, many patients with astigmatism are confused as to whether they are actually able to pursue laser eye correction surgery. For some individuals with astigmatism, LASIK is an option. Ahead, Dr. Schwartz provides insight into the condition and how LASIK can help.
Astigmatism is a common refractive condition that occurs when the cornea or the lens of the eye has mismatched curves. Instead of a smooth curve, akin to a ball, the eye is irregularly shaped. This imperfection prevents light that enters the eye from bending correctly onto the retina, leading to blurred or distorted vision. It can occur in both nearsightedness and farsightedness and is often present at birth. Astigmatism can also develop later in life from injury to the eye, certain surgeries, or an eye condition known as keratoconus.
Signs you may have astigmatism include:
- Blurry vision
- Eye discomfort
- Trouble seeing at night or in low light
LASIK for Astigmatism
LASIK is an outpatient procedure designed to reshape the cornea and correct refractive errors in the eye, including astigmatism. This procedure offers many benefits for those with astigmatism, including:
- Achieve permanent vision correction: For most, the results from LASIK are permanent. This allows you to enjoy life with clear vision while eliminating the need for cumbersome glasses or the hassle of contact lenses for astigmatism.
- Quick, safe, and painless procedure: A key benefit of LASIK surgery is the convenience it offers. Traditional LASIK can be completed quickly and effectively. Dr. Schwartz understands that some patients may feel a bit nervous before undergoing the procedure, which is why he goes the extra mile to ensure your comfort before, during, and after surgery.
- Quick recovery: Improved vision is often noticed right after the procedure, and complete recovery occurs within a few days. This allows patients to get back to their regular activities, only now with sharp vision and without the use of glasses or contact lenses.
- Effective astigmatism treatment: Earlier LASIK procedures were only able to correct myopia. But thanks to advancements in technology, LASIK is now effective at treating all kinds of refractive errors, including astigmatism.
Vision Correction at Schwartz Laser Eye Center
Individuals with astigmatism do not have to be limited in their vision correction options. Dr. Schwartz welcomes the opportunity to educate patients on all aspects of LASIK and how this laser refractive surgery can improve their vision and quality of life.