Astigmatism is a very common vision condition that affects most of the population to some degree, and LASIK eye surgery for astigmatism can be an excellent treatment option for people who struggle with this vision problem.
People with astigmatism have an abnormally shaped eye that produces a cornea with a steep curve and a flat curve. Instead of a smooth, spherical shape, the eye is shaped like an oval or a football, resulting in unequal refraction. Light rays are focused at two different points on or before the retina, and this split focus produces blurry or distorted vision.
While astigmatism is common, not all people need treatment for it because they have few or no symptoms. For patients who have more severe symptoms of astigmatism – such as blurred vision, eye discomfort and headaches – treatment can certainly improve their quality of life.
How is astigmatism diagnosed?
During a comprehensive eye exam, the eye doctor will perform the following tests:
- Visual Acuity. This is the familiar distance chart test where the patient is asked to read the letters on an eye chart. Patients with normal distance acuity have 20/20 vision.
- Keratometry. This test uses an instrument called a keratometer to measure the curvature of the cornea.
- Refraction. This test is used to determine how the patient’s eyes focus light.
Based on the results of these three tests, the eye doctor can determine if the patient has astigmatism and what degree of correction is needed.
What options are available to treat astigmatism today?
A variety of treatments are available for astigmatism, from the traditional eye correction options of eyeglasses and contact lenses to the LASIK surgery offered by Dr. Silverman and the team at EyeCare20/20. For patients who are considering LASIK for astigmatism correction, they can expect life-changing results. If you are suffering from astigmatism, LASIK eye surgery should be something you discuss with your eye doctor.
Most patients opting for LASIK eye surgery will receive a combination of astigmatism and other vision correction treatment such as for nearsightedness or farsightedness. The preferred LASIK astigmatism procedure used by Dr. Silverman at the EyeCare20/20 LASIK center is custom wavefront LASIK surgery.
What technology does the EyeCare20/20 team utilize?
Dr. Silverman uses the FDA-approved ALLEGRETTO WAVE(R) laser for traditional LASIK eye surgery, astigmatism correction eye surgery and other vision correction procedures. This technology helps patients achieve:
- Relief from astigmatism.
- 20/20 vision or better.
- Maintained vision quality and correction.
- Reduced complications such as halos, glare and diminished night vision.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
Cary M. Silverman, M.D., LASIK Eye Surgeon, and the EyeCare20/20 teamhave been helping patients gain improved eyesight and overall eye health for more than 25 years. Our team specializes in LASIK and other forms of eye surgery. We will also take the time to answer questions such as, “How much does LASIK eye surgery cost?” and review the financing options available to you.
If you would like to learn more about LASIK eye surgery call us today at (973) 560-1500 to schedule a free consultation or fill out the quick contact form on the left. We will get back to you as soon as possible because helping patients is our #1 priority.
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