Can Laser Eye Surgery Correct Astigmatism?

Laser eye surgery is a highly precise procedure that can correct astigmatism. It works by reshaping the front surface of the eye, known as the cornea, to make it more symmetrical. Most people with astigmatism who meet the basic eligibility criteria are suitable for laser eye surgery. However, in some cases, a person's refractive error (prescription for eyeglasses) is too high or too irregular to be treated with laser eye surgery. Farsightedness, also known as hyperopia, occurs when the focusing power of the eyes is too weak.

This means that you can better see objects that are farther away than those that are closer. Our high-end Schwind lasers have been proven to be successful in treating hyperopia, much more so than most other models on the market. Nearsightedness (or myopia) occurs when the focusing power of the eyes is too strong, meaning that nearby objects appear more clearly than those far away. It usually develops during childhood and adolescence and affects about a quarter of the population, but laser treatment for myopia is a simple and effective procedure. Astigmatism occurs when the eye shape is irregular, like a rugby ball instead of a soccer ball. This means that you can only partially focus on an object, while blur occurs at all distances.

We can treat astigmatism at the same time we correct your prescription and, unlike some companies, we don't charge extra for it. However, not everyone is suitable for laser eye surgery; those with a refractive error that is too high or too irregular may not be eligible. Our eye surgeon has more than 18 years of experience and has performed over 7,000 eye surgery procedures. We offer access to the latest innovations and cutting-edge technologies with the widest range of vision correction services through laser and eye surgery. Anesthetic eye drops will also be placed on your eyes so that you are not disturbed by the equipment needed to stabilize and operate your eye. If your prescription for reading glasses is +1, +1.5, or +2, you may be able to undergo Monovision laser eye surgery.

After a complete exam, a laser eye surgeon will tell you if astigmatism can be corrected by laser eye surgery and what type of laser eye surgery is best for you. During laser eye surgery for astigmatism, a laser is used to remove a small amount of corneal tissue to correct the curvature of the front of the eye. Unlike eyeglasses or contact lenses, which only treat astigmatism so that you can see clearly with assistive devices, laser eye surgery is the only treatment that can resolve astigmatism and you will no longer need eyeglasses or contact lenses. The eye surgeon will ask you detailed questions about your eye health and evaluate them to make sure you don't have any conditions that could cause complications or poor results from the surgery. We do not recommend laser eye surgery for patients with hyperopia under 35 years of age due to age-related eye changes. Laser eye surgery corrects refractive error in the cornea so that instead of two focal points, there is only one focal point in focus after surgery. Patients with astigmatism over 55 years of age may be better suited for lens replacement surgery than for laser eye surgery. With each pulse of the laser beam, a small amount of corneal tissue is removed, allowing the eye surgeon to flatten the corneal curve or make it more pronounced.

This ensures that after surgery, you will no longer need eyeglasses or contact lenses to see clearly.

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