LASIK, or laser in situ keratomileusis, is a form of corrective laser vision surgery that’s very successful in treating the condition known as astigmatism. In the majority of cases, lasik eye surgery results in complete correction with a single treatment. The procedure is safe, fast, and has a short recovery period, making it a highly desirable option for a life without the need for glasses or contacts.
Astigmatism and LASIK: Is it suitable for all?
- About astigmatism
- Typical results
Astigmatism is a condition where the shape of the cornea is asymmetrical—rather like that of an egg. This causes the vision to be blurred. Previously, laser vision correction wasn’t an option for those with astigmatism, but major advances in technology and procedures mean that LASIK is now one of the leading methods to fix astigmatism.The accuracy of the lasers is such that, in cases of mild to average astigmatism, the eye surgeon can reshape the cornea so effectively that vision is restored to at least 20/25. For those with a severe refractive error (known as high astigmatism), and if your ophthalmologist considers it appropriate, LASIK is still an option, although you might require an additional treatment for the ultimate result.
As already mentioned, LASIK can fix astigmatism to at least 20/25, and very often to 20/20 vision. However, you should be aware that as you age it’s still likely that you’ll eventually need glasses for activities such as reading or driving at night.
What makes a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery?
- Eye health
- General health
LASIK eye surgery for astigmatism is commonly carried out on those with a mild to moderate level of refractive error. Your eyes will be in generally good health, with no excessive abnormalities, and your vision (prescription) will be stable.
You’ll also need to be healthy, as certain medical conditions can raise any associated risks. Conditions that might make you an unsuitable candidate include autoimmune disorders, diabetes, and chronic pain conditions. Anyone who’s pregnant or nursing should wait a suitable period before undergoing LASIK vision correction.
LASIK eye surgery to fix astigmatism: FAQs
- Side effects and complications
- How long will the results last?
Side effects and complications
While the procedure is extremely safe, it’s necessary to be aware of possible issues. Most are transient and settle down in the weeks and months post-surgery.Common side effects include:- Glares, halos, and double vision- Dry eyes- Under or over corrections Your eye doctor will fully discuss possible complications and side effects before you undergo the procedure.
How long will the results last?
Most people enjoy years, if not decades, of problem-free vision after undergoing LASIK to fix astigmatism. However, the natural aging process of the eye will mean that you’ll still be likely to need some form of lenses as you head into later life—even if they’re only for night driving and reading.
Contact Brent Bellotte MD, leading LASIK eye surgeon in South Florida
Lead clinician at the West Boca Eye Center, Brent Bellotte MD, is a renowned expert who specializes in using LASIK to fix astigmatism, as well as for near and farsightedness. If you’re considering LASIK or any kind of laser vision correction, then don’t trust your precious eyesight to anyone less than a world-leading ophthalmologist. Begin your journey to better vision at www.westbocaeyecenter.com
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