If you’ve been diagnosed with astigmatism, you may be wondering if LASIK can correct this frustrating condition. The short answer is yes! In recent years, advances in LASIK technology have made it possible to effectively treat astigmatism using this popular laser vision correction procedure.
Let’s take a closer look at what astigmatism is and how modern LASIK (and other advanced vision correction procedures) can help correct it.
What Is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is an eye condition characterized by a distorted or blurred image caused by an irregularly shaped cornea, which is the outermost surface of the eye. It typically affects both eyes and can present alongside nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia). Common symptoms of astigmatism include headaches, blurry vision, double vision, eyestrain and even difficulty seeing at night.
How Does LASIK Work?
Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is the most commonly known type of refractive surgery used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. During the procedure, a specialized laser gently reshapes the corneal surface so light focuses correctly on the retina. This resulting “focal adjustment” improves your vision and eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses.
Can Modern LASIK Fix Astigmatism?
Yes! Thanks to advances in technology that we offer at Kugler Vision, modern LASIK procedures are now able to effectively treat astigmatism at the same time as other common refractive errors like nearsightedness and farsightedness. The exact technique used to correct astigmatism may vary depending on your specific needs and the type of lasers used during your procedure.
What Other Treatments Are Available For Individuals Who Have Astigmatism?
Although Modern LASIK has revolutionized the way we treat astigmatism, it isn’t the only option available for people with this common condition. Other treatments include SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) and the EVO ICL Procedure (Intraocular Collamer Lens).
Both of these procedures are designed to treat refractive errors that can negatively affect visual acuity. Depending on your individual needs and preferences, one of these FDA-approved treatment methods may be better suited for you than LASIK, which your Kugler Vision doctor will determine at your consultation.
Thankfully modern advancements in LASIK vision correction technology have made it possible to effectively treat astigmatism. However, if you’ve been told you’re not a LASIK candidate, or if you’re looking for something different, procedures such as SMILE or the EVO ICL Procedure may be worth exploring further. Ultimately, only you—in consultation with your Kugler Vision doctor—can decide which procedure is best suited for you based on your individual needs and lifestyle preferences.
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Lance Kugler, MD, is a specialist in LASIK and vision correction surgery and CEO of Kugler Vision. A proud Omaha native, he is passionate about improving lives through clear vision. Dr. Kugler serves on several national boards, and his practice is recognized internationally as a center of excellence. Dr. Kugler is one of the original founders of the Refractive Surgery Alliance, an international organization comprised of over 350 of the world’s leading vision correction surgeons; he also served as its first president. In 2019, Dr. Kugler was selected as a TEDx speaker, and delivered a talk in Omaha about the worldwide epidemic of nearsightedness and refractive solutions. Dr. Kugler is an Associate Professor of Refractive Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Truhlsen Eye Institute, has been published in many medical journals, and participates in numerous clinical studies to advance the field of vision correction surgery. Dr. Kugler and his wife are proud parents to five active kids. When he has a spare moment, he enjoys skiing, tennis, travel, and fine coffee.