Treating Astigmatism with LASIK Surgery

May 16, 2014 — by Dr. Gregory Stainer
Tags: Lasik Astigmatism Refractive Surgery

Treating Astigmatism with LASIK SurgeryThere are many different ways that LASIK surgery can reduce your dependence on glasses and contact lenses. This is why LASIK is one of the most popular laser eye surgery options avaialble today. Millions of people all over the world have greatly benefited from LASIK, and it may be the idea solution of your and your needs.

One of the refractive issues that LASIK can address is astigmatism. Our eye care team would like to take a few minutes right now to look at astigmatism and how LASIK can be of great benefit to you.

About Astigmatism

Astigmatism refers to a general blurring of the vision that is related to the curvature of the lens of the eye or the curvature of the cornea. You may have heard many people refer to astigmatism as "stigmatism," though this is a misnomer.

Many times astigmatism accompanies myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness). LASIK is able to address problems with astigmatism, myopia, and hyperopia. Modern LASIK technology has actually allowed surgeons to treat very fine problems with corneal shape which often result in night vision problems, poor contrast sensitivity, and so forth.

How LASIK Addresses Vision Issues

LASIK surgery involves the careful reshaping of the cornea using a surgical laser. By altering the shape of the cornea, light passes through the eye properly and focuses on the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that is crucial for proper vision.

Ideal Candidates for LASIK Surgery

The best candidates for LASIK surgery are people who have healthy corneas and suffer from refractive errors. Patients with thin corneas are poor candidates for surgery. If the astigmatism is the result of a misshapen lens rather than cornea curvature, an alternative option for care will be required.

Ideal patients should be over the age of 18 and have had a stable prescription for at least a year. It's also important that patients have not suffered from an eye injury or eye infection in at least a year leading into their LASIK surgery. Pregnant and nursing women are unable to undergo surgery simply to ensure the effectiveness of the procedure and the safety of the developing child.

Since dry eye syndrome is a common symptom of LASIK surgery, patients who suffer from dry eye prior to surgery are considered poor candidates for surgery.

Other Astigmatism Treatments: Alternatives to LASIK

If a patient is not considered a good candidate for LASIK, there are plenty of alternatives to consider. There are refractive surgery alternatives for people with thins corneas, for instance, that yield results that are comparable to LASIK. For people who will not qualify for surgical treatment at all, the best option is traditional corrective lenses. The ideal option for you and your needs will be discussed during your visit to the practice.

Learn More About Laser Vision Correction

If you would like to learn more about LASIK surgery as well as your many other options for advanced vision correction, be sure to contact our Bakersfield laser eye surgery specialists today. The entire team at Southwest Eye Care and Laser looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the very best with regard to overall health and wellness.

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