Is LASIK Right for High Astigmatism?

LASIK & Astigmatism

LASIK & Astigmatism

What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism exists when an oval shaped cornea or lens in the eye causes blurry vision. A more severe form is known a high astigmatism and makes people more prone to headaches and reading problems.

How to Correct Astigmatism

Both astigmatism and high astigmatism Astigmatism can be corrected in the traditional ways: glasses or contacts. As a person’s degree of astigmatism gets higher, finding contacts that work with the eye gets more difficult. Even if contacts do exist for the level of astigmatism, some people find them uncomfortable or don’t find satisfactory improvement in their vision. with toric lenses for astigmatism. For those frustrated by correcting an astigmatism with glasses or contacts, laser vision surgery is an option worth pursuing.

Can you get LASIK if you Have an Astigmatism?

Yes, many people with an astigmatism are candidates for LASIK surgery. LASIK and PRK surgery attempt to permanently correct corneal abnormalities, such as astigmatism. They have proven to be remarkedly effective for the reduction or elimination of astigmatism. However, high astigmatic patients may still need to wear contact lenses or glasses to achieve perfect vision. Some patients with an astigmatism may not be candidates for LASIK but may be a perfect match for another laser vision procedure: PRK. Learn more about the cost of LASIK or PRK for astigmatism.

Lasik for Astigmatism in Richmond, Virginia

The only way to know for sure if you are a candidate for LASIK or PRK is a consultation with a LASIK surgeon. If you live in central Virginia, Lipstock LASIK & Cataract Center can help! We offer a free LASIK consultation to determine if you are a match for the procedure. Learn more about LASIK for astigmatism and then schedule your free consultation today!


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