If you suffer from astigmatism, you might have had to wear contact lenses or glasses to correct your vision. It can be frustrating and expensive to have to keep replacing lenses and buying new glasses, but a permanent solution can help.
So, can laser eye surgery treat astigmatism?
Can You Treat Astigmatism with Laser Eye Surgery?
Astigmatism leaves sufferers with a combination of frustrating symptoms that can impact daily life. You might have to deal with constant headaches as your eyes struggle to focus on both near and far objects. Many sufferers also experience severe fatigue due to the stress placed on both eyes.
You probably already know all about astigmatism as it’s likely you’ve been dealing with it since childhood. Many of the people that have it do so because it can be a hereditary condition. If your family has a history of astigmatism, eye disease or other eye-related problems, then you’re more likely to develop it.
Laser eye surgery is a permanent solution to astigmatism. It is a near identical procedure to treat, just like than short- (myopia) or long-sightedness (hyperopia).
Astigmatism is usually accompanied by one of these two refractive errors (myopia and hyperopia). With those procedures, the surgeon works on a patient’s spherical cornea. But with astigmatism, the cornea is shaped slightly differently.
An astigmatic cornea is more rugby-ball shaped than a regular eye. As the cornea has different curvatures in each axis, the laser eye surgeon has to take more time to account for all of the different directions that light enters the eye.
Almost all eyes have some degree of astigmatism, so it is a routine part of 95 percent of treatments. Despite the differences in procedure, the right technology and surgeon can carry out the surgery easily.
There are some restrictions and requirements placed on laser eye surgery for astigmatism sufferers. You might not be suitable for the procedure if:
- You’re under the age of 21.
- You haven’t had a stable prescription for more than a year.
- Pregnant women or those that are breastfeeding.
- Sufferers of diabetes, HIV, AIDS or rheumatoid arthritis.
- Sufferers of other eye conditions, like glaucoma and cataracts which would need to be addressed first.
LASIK is the most common treatment for astigmatism as it’s so effective and additional enhancement treatments, if needed, are very straightforward. LASEK and PRK are possible alternatives but are used less frequently.
Your surgeon will be able to explain the different surgeries and offer the best course of action to suit your specific needs.
A thin layer of tissue within the cornea is reshaped so that it’s more spherical. Basically, we change your cornea from the shape of a rugby ball to the shape of a football. This process allows all rays of light to come to a single focus, eliminating the double vision that’s so common with astigmatism.
Once your eyes have recovered, you’ll be able to enjoy clear vision without the need for lenses or glasses.
The actual laser part of the procedure takes only five to ten seconds for each eye thanks to the state-of-the-art, high-speed WaveLight laser. The whole process takes only four to five minutes for each eye.
You’ll be able to focus on objects without squinting, removing headaches and fatigue that you might have previously experienced. Most patients experience 20/20 vision within 30 minutes of the procedure.
Some astigmatism sufferers are put off by laser eye surgery because they think they won’t be able to afford it. But just think of how much money you’re spending on lenses or prescription glasses from year to year.
Astigmatic prescriptions can be more costly to make into glasses, and getting contact lenses that fit correctly isn't always easy.
There are no hidden fees that are sometimes present at other clinics and you’re able to pay monthly if that’s easier for you. There’s no interest placed on these monthly payments, allowing you to enjoy your new perfect vision without worrying about mounting bills.
The aftercare guarantee at Focus Clinic ensures you won’t have to worry about another bill if there are any standard post-surgery treatments needed.
Finding the Right Laser Eye Surgeon
As the surgery can be a little more complicated than other procedures, it’s vital you find the best of the best. Focus Clinic is the only clinic in the country with a 100 percent success rate, including 95 percent of all astigmatism prescriptions (up to 2.00 dioptres).
Our two expert surgeons have over 45 years of experience between them, performing more than 35,000 procedures.
We don’t just make sure the procedure is a success. We also offer a comprehensive aftercare package. Unlike other clinics, we offer a 10-year guarantee on treatments so if there are any issues in the future because of the treatment, we’re happy to deal with them for free. Only a very small number of patients (estimated at less than one in 500) need any extra treatment after their initial surgery.
For more information on laser eye surgery at Focus Clinics, make sure to download our information pack. It’s free and has answers to all of the questions or concerns you might have about a procedure. Click the link below to get your hands on a copy.