Can LASIK Surgery Fix Astigmatism?

Tired of blurry vision? Hate wearing glasses? You are definitely not alone! More and more people are choosing LASIK surgery to correct their astigmatism and improve their vision.

While glasses and contact lenses provide a temporary solution, neither can provide the level of improved vision that LASIK eye surgery offers. In this article, we’ll delve into what astigmatism is and how LASIK surgery can help you find freedom from glasses.

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What Is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism refers to a refractive error caused by an irregularly shaped cornea. A great example that is often used is that rather than being a perfect sphere, an eye with astigmatism is more of an oval shape similar to a football. Light that enters an eye with astigmatism cannot be focused evenly due to the oval shape of the eye resulting in blurry or distorted vision. Without treatment, astigmatism can often lead to headaches or eye strain due to your eyes’ consistent struggle to focus correctly.

Astigmatism is very common and is estimated to affect over 30% of the population. Astigmatism does not go away on its own, and vision can often deteriorate over time. It is highly recommended to find a treatment as soon as your vision becomes noticeably impacted.

Correcting Astigmatism with LASIK Surgery

LASIK eye surgery can not only correct your astigmatism, but can often improve your vision beyond what glasses or contact lenses can provide. When getting LASIK for astigmatism, our eye surgeon, Dr. Boyd, carefully reshapes and evens out your cornea using advanced laser technology so that when light enters your eyes, it can be correctly focused.

Compared to glasses or contacts which compensate for the issues caused by astigmatism, LASIK eye surgery completely fixes the source of the problem. While patients of astigmatism surgery are only in the operating room for around 20 minutes, LASIK’s benefits on quality of vision can often last a lifetime.

LASIK for Astigmatism at BoydVision

Wondering if LASIK eye surgery is right for you? At BoydVision, we work closely with our patients to find the best procedure for their needs. With over 25,000 surgeries performed, Dr. Boyd has decades of experience performing laser eye surgeries and improving the lives of his patients. For any of your questions on LASIK eye surgery, or to book a free consultation with Dr. Boyd, feel free to reach out to our laser eye center and our friendly, multilingual staff will be happy to help!