If you’re tired of wearing glasses and contact lenses, LASIK is a safe and effective procedure to correct your vision. LASIK surgery has been performed for decades, greatly reducing — and even removing — your need for glasses and contacts, allowing you to live a more active lifestyle. We know LASIK eye doctors can correct myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness), but can LASIK fix your astigmatism? Read on to find out.
What is Astigmatism?
If you have astigmatism, you may be able to see things close up or far away, but they may appear blurry. For example, the letter “R” may look like “B”. An asymmetrically curved cornea causes astigmatism. Basically, your cornea is shaped like an American football rather than a baseball.
Laser Precision Helps Correct Astigmatism
In most cases, your LASIK surgeon at Feinerman Vision Center can fully correct astigmatism, and the effect is permanent. For those who opt for the corrective vision procedure, the ultra-precise lasers used in LASIK surgery can be programmed to reshape the cornea so the front of the surface is more symmetrical, eliminating the vision problems caused by the previously existing astigmatism.
What About Severe Astigmatism?
In most cases, astigmatism can be fully corrected with just one procedure, eliminating the need for refinement or repeat procedures. Severe astigmatism, however, increases the likelihood of refinement surgery to fine-tune the correction.
Note that high or severe astigmatism may affect the cost of your LASIK surgery, so be sure to discuss with your LASIK surgeon during your consultation.
If you’re considering laser eye surgery, you’re in the right hands with the LASIK experts at Feinerman Vision Center. Schedule an appointment with our LASIK specialists in Newport Beach today!