One common question from patients is whether they can still have LASIK if they’ve been diagnosed with astigmatism but the good news, however, is that most patients with astigmatism are good candidates for LASIK.
Astigmatism is a refractive error, just as nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia). Laser Vision Correction corrects 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 optical power. Because LASIK reshapes the surface of the eye (cornea). This allows us to treat myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.
What Is Astigmatism?
In patients with astigmatism, the cornea is shaped in a way that causes light to be focused unevenly. This is what leads to blurred vision. It can occur alongside other refractive errors or alone. But, Astigmatism is often correctable with glasses, contacts, or Laser Vision Correction.
Typically patient’s wont just have one type of refractive error, but a combination of them. Yes, LASIK can treat any combination of Myopia, Hyperopia, in addition to Astigmatism.
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.