FAQ – Can I have laser eye surgery with astigmatism?

by admin on June 12, 2011

Yes. Not only can you have eye surgery with astigmatism, LASIK eye surgery has proven that this non-evasive procedure is the number one choice among those suffering from a severe astigmatism.

Astigmatism occurs with the cornea of the eye is elliptical instead of spherical. The oblong shape of the cornea does not allow the light to properly refract, creating vision problems such as blurred vision, headaches associated with astigmatism, and dizziness.

For those of you who suffer from mild astigmatism, the treatment options available to you are broader and less expensive. Most patients who are suffering from a mild astigmatism can be treated with corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Lentricular astigmatism – Lentricular astigmatism is different than a corneal astigmatism in that the damage, injury, or disease affects the lens of the eye and not the cornea directly. A scratch, scar tissue, or defect will not allow the light to properly refract on the eye causing blurred or doubled vision, mild to severe headaches, dizziness or eye strain. In the case of a lentricular astigmatism surgery may the patient’s best option for treatment. Advances in a western medicine now allow a surgeon the ability to replace your defected lens with a healthy artificial lens.

Most non-evasive surgical procedure begins the application of a topical anesthesia drop that will numb your eye for the duration of the operation. The surgeon will then make an incision in the cornea of the eye. The top layer of the tissue are then pulled away to expose the center of the cornea.

The surgeon uses a light pulsing laser to repair and return the cornea back to its natural shape around the eye. When the operation is complete the surgeon will cover the cornea with special contact lens to protect it.

After the surgery you may require up to one month for your recovery during which time you will need to treat your eye(s) with an optical drop that helps to heal the cornea and stave off infection.

In most cases astigmatism is hereditary and for most people will not be avoid. However you do still have a choice about how you treat your astigmatism. If you suffer from a mild case of astigmatism your condition may be easily treated with corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses. If however you suffer from a more severe case of astigmatism your doctor may suggest surgery as a treatment option.

The majority of LASIK patients have reported a healthier and happier life post astigmatism treatment. Whether or not the cost and recovery time are practical for your at this stage of your life is up to you, however when you’re ready to seek treatment know that not only can you have laser eye surgery with astigmatism, in many cases it’s recommended.

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