One common question we get from patients is whether they can still have Lasik or Laser Vision Correction if they’ve been diagnosed with astigmatism. The good news, however, is that most patients with astigmatism are good candidates for Laser Vision Correction.
Astigmatism is a refractive error, just as nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia). Lasik and other types of Laser Vision Correction correct refractive errors by reshaping your cornea. The cornea is the clear front surface of your eye, which focuses light and counts for two-thirds of the eyes total optical power.
In patients with astigmatism, the cornea is shaped in a way that causes light to be focused unevenly, which leads to blurred vision. This can occur alongside other refractive errors or alone. Astigmatism is often correctable with glasses, contacts, or Laser Vision Correction.
If you would like to know if you are a good candidate for Lasik, only an appointment with a trained refractive surgeon can tell you for sure. Give us a call today and we can help you figure out if you’re a candidate.