Can LASIK Fix Astigmatism?

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Key Takeaways

Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is a refractive vision correction procedure performed as an alternative to helping patients see without the use of glasses or contact lenses.   LASIK treats nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.  LASIK uses laser rays to reshape the inner corneal curvature. Sometimes patients ask in hesitation if LASIK can remedy astigmatism.  Yes, LASIK is a great option for correcting astigmatism.

Astigmatism is a common condition affecting millions where the corneal curvature is not shaped like a sphere, but rather more elongated like an oval thereby resulting in a distortion of images.  The distortion causes shadowing or ghosting around images, starbursts around light sources at night time, and general blurry vision.

What Can Help With Astigmatism?

Glasses can help address astigmatism well, but some patients struggle with contact lenses, depending on the severity of astigmatism in the eye(s).   There are various contact lens brands, but some patients may develop an intolerance to contacts lenses with time prompting surgical intervention as an alternative to achieving their best corrected vision.  The irregular shape of the cornea may create discomfort, dryness, and improper use of contacts may lead to other issues and even corneal ulcers.

LASIK is a permanent surgical option for treating astigmatism as it contours the irregularly shaped cornea. The procedure is fast, precise and painless. The speed of recovery is hours following surgery with a complete return to work or school the next day.  The benefits of LASIK are life changing offering visual freedom from glasses or contact lenses.  It is a worthy investment when you factor the cost of prescription glasses (replacements or repairs) and the costs associated with regular contact lens supplies and solutions.

Schedule a complimentary LASIK consultation and discuss your visual options with Dr. Iskander, our fellowship-trained refractive surgeon, with over 20 years of experience.  Trust San Antonio Eye Specialists for LASIK in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. For your eyes…don’t compromise!

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