Can I have laser eye surgery even if I have astigmatism?
In our latest blog, Mr Sanjay Mantry covers one of the most popular questions asked by our patients – Can I have laser eye surgery if I have astigmatism?
The short answer is Yes – Laser eye surgery can be very effective for correcting vision affected by astigmatism.
What is astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a relatively common eye condition and occurs when the eye itself is slightly rugby ball shaped. In most people, astigmatism is present from birth, but it can also be caused by injury or surgery on the eye for conditions such as keratoconus.
Astigmatism can affect one or both eyes and can affect vision at all distances. In a written prescription is recorded as a CYL and AXIS number, which is the second and third part of your optician report. So for example +2.00/+1.00 x 90 is an astigmatism of one diopter at an angle of 90 degrees. The vision problems associated with astigmatism can be corrected by wearing contact lenses or glasses, or with the intervention of laser or surgery.
Laser eye surgery for astigmatism
It is possible to treat astigmatism with laser eye surgery. Like all types of corrective eye surgery, whether you are suitable for the procedure depends on a number of factors. The degree of the astigmatism is one determining factor.
Your laser eye surgeon will carry out a number of tests to determine your suitability for laser eye surgery and to identify which type of procedure will give you the best results.
Laser eye surgery for astigmatism works in exactly the same way as treating a long-sighted or short-sighted prescription. A laser is used to carefully reshape the cornea so that the eye can focus properly and you can enjoy a life free from glasses or contact lenses. Treatment for astigmatism adds very little time on to a typical laser eye procedure and usually the surgery lasts only a couple of minutes. In most cases you can see clearer almost immediately. Aftercare is important too, and when researching your surgeon it’s essential to ask what aftercare is included.
If you’re thinking about investing in a life free from glasses and contacts then get in touch with our friendly team today to arrange a consultation.