Our Featured Lasik and Cataract Surgeons Discuss Astigmatism
If you experience blurry vision in one or both eyes, an expert Lasik and cataract surgeon featured at Trusted LASIK Surgeons™ wants you to know that you could have astigmatism. This is when your eye comes to a point, much like a football, which results in multiple focal points. The cornea’s uneven curvature can’t bend light evenly and smoothly, resulting in a refractive error that causes blurred vision.
When the cornea on the front of your eye is responsible for the irregular eye shape, you have corneal astigmatism. When the lens is distorted, you have lenticular astigmatism. If you have nearsighted astigmatism, the focal points are located in front of the retina. If you have farsighted astigmatism, the focal points are located behind the retina.
Regardless of which type of astigmatism is blurring your vision, you can visit one of the distinguished and trusted cataract surgeons listed in the Trusted Lasik Surgeons™ directory to have the condition corrected.
Signs of Astigmatism
While the word “astigmatism” sounds quite serious, it’s actually a very common condition. In fact, most eyes have some degree of astigmatism, just not enough to cause vision problems. However, you may have mild to moderate astigmatism if you experience these symptoms:
Areas of distorted vision
Eyestrain or discomfort
Squinting to see clearly
When to Seek Care
The signs of astigmatism are present with other conditions that result in refractive errors, including myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness). In short, if you experience eye or vision problems of any kind, you should visit one an ophthalmologist featured at Trusted LASIK Surgeons™ for a complete eye exam.
If you’re diagnosed with astigmatism, you can decide what type of care to pursue. For mild to moderate cases, toric contact lenses are all you need to correct astigmatism. If contacts aren’t right for your lifestyle, you can pursue eye surgery.
Surgical Procedures for Astigmatism
No single ophthalmology treatment is right for every case of astigmatism. Consider your options before making your choice.
- Laser vision surgery, or LASIK, is effective at correcting astigmatism with a severity of up to 4 or 5 Diopters. The surgery corrects myopia and hyperopia at the same time to provide crystal clear vision.
- PRK (PhotoRefractive Keratectomy) is a procedure that reshapes the cornea to correct myopia or hyperopia, with or without astigmatism present. This technique is designed to treat corneal astigmatism.
- LASEK surgery is essentially a combination of LASIK and PRK, utilizing certain methods from each technique. This may be the right option if you’re not a candidate for LASIK.
- Epi-LASIK is a cross between LASIK and LASEK and strives to solve some of the problems that exist with these surgical techniques.
- Intraocular lens implants (IOL) involve removing your misshapen lens and replacing it with a toric, monofocal, multifocal, accommodating or phakic implant. This surgical technique works for lenticular astigmatism.
- Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI) help reduce astigmatism, but they have no effect on myopia or hyperopia. Incisions can be performed in conjunction with IOLs.
Learn More About Astigmatism Treatment
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