Lasik Eye Surgery for Astigmatism
Aug 06th, 2014 - Blog

Can Lasik Eye Surgery Treat Astigmatism?

If you suffer from astigmatism, undergoing Lasik eye surgery may be a great solution to correct your refractive error. An Astigmatism occurs when the cornea is not round (spherical) and has an irregular shape. Due to this variation in the shape of the cornea, light is unable to bend equally when entering the eyes, which is the reason patients with astigmatism experience blurriness or distortion of vision, both at distance and at near. Astigmatism often may lead to patients squinting in order to see clearer and can be a source of headaches when reading. Many people suffering from astigmatism visit an ophthalmologist to discuss their option of Laser eye surgery, to find out that Lasik can be an effective and safe procedure to correct astigmatism.

Who is a good candidate for Lasik Eye Surgery?

An eye doctor can determine whether or not you are an eligible candidate for laser eye surgery after a thorough eye evaluation. Being considered as a good candidate for Lasik depends on the severity and the type of refractive error. An examination will determine if the amount of the refractive error the patient presents will fall within the FDA approved range for treatment with Lasik eye surgery.

What factors are detrimental to being a good Lasik candidate?

• Age: You must be at least 18 years old with a stable refractive error to be considered for Lasik eye surgery. If you are not 18 years of age, your vision may not be stable enough to undergoing corrective eye surgery. If so, your ophthalmologist will advise you to wait until your vision is stable. However, just being 18 years of age or older doesn’t necessarily mean that your vision is completely stable. In most cases, your Lasik surgeon would want to confirm that your vision has been stable for at least 2 years prior to performing Lasik.
• Contact Lenses: Before you visit your ophthalmologist, to determine your candidacy for Lasik, you should make sure to take your contact lenses out for an extended amount of time. Your ophthalmologist will advise you of how long before your consultation your contact lenses will need to be removed. This will ensure an accurate assessment and corneal stability before your Lasik surgery procedure.
• General health: In order to be an eligible candidate for Lasik eye surgery, you must be in good general health. Certain active autoimmune, collagen vascular diseases or uncontrolled diabetes may preclude you from having Laser eye surgery.
• Eye health: Apart from astigmatism, your eyes should be free of eye conditions such as cataracts or a variety of corneal diseases such as keratoconus, glaucoma, diseases of the optic nerve and retina. You must also not have an active or untreated eye infection, such as a bacterial, viral or fungal eye infection at the time of surgery, in order to be an eligible candidate for laser eye surgery. With the advent of technology and the broadened range of astigmatism which can be corrected by Lasik, today the most majority of patients with this condition can expect to be great candidates for this life changing procedure.

To schedule a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for LASIK, contact us at 1-800-GET-LASIK or visit us at San Diego Lasik Center Global Laser Vision.

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