Can Laser Eye Surgery Treat my Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is an eye condition that can significantly affect the quality of your vision. If you have this condition and you want to know if Laser Eye Surgery can help, you are probably hoping we get straight to the point. But first, let’s briefly explain exactly what astigmatism is.

Astigmatism is the name given to the refractory condition which causes abnormality in the shape of the cornea. In healthy eyes, the cornea is evenly rounded, allowing light to be evenly distributed into the retina; in comparison, astigmatism causes the cornea to develop in an asymmetrical shape – much like a rugby ball.

Unlike other refractory conditions, astigmatism affects the whole surface of the eye, disrupting vision on more than one plane. For this reason, many patients and even healthcare professionals believe that Laser Eye Surgery is powerless against it. But, is that true? Well, maybe twenty years ago.

Laser Eye Surgery has developed significantly over the last two decades; technology has advanced, knowledge has broadened, and newer, more effective treatments have emerged. Thanks to this evolution, patients with astigmatism are now successfully treated with Laser Eye Surgery on a regular basis – in many cases enjoying similar results to those with more straightforward conditions, such as short- and long-sightedness.

A diagnosis of astigmatism no longer means that you are forever bound to wearing glasses or contact lenses – Laser Eye Surgery could help! As Isabella demonstrates in the video below, seeing the world clearly through unrestricted eyes is now very much a possibility.

Isabella, a shortsighted patient with astigmatism describes the process of finding a clinic to treat her unique prescription.

What results can you expect if you have astigmatism?

As with all surgeries, results can vary depending on the severity of your condition and the clinic at which treatment is carried out. This is even more true in the Laser Eye Surgery industry; therefore, it is important to choose a clinic that can treat your particular prescription.

Nonetheless, Laser Eye Surgery is among the safest elective procedures in the world – providing it is carried out by an expert surgeon using the latest technology, you can expect to soon be enjoying high-quality vision.

London Vision Clinic is an independent Laser Eye Surgery clinic that was founded by an expert surgeon, enabling us to offer advice and a clear indication of what results you can achieve. Data gathered from past patients shows that most people with both long- and short-sighted astigmatism can expect to achieve 20/20 vision or better following treatment.

Traditionally, short-sighted astigmatism is slightly easier to treat and around 75 per cent of Laser Eye Surgery treatments achieve 20/16 vision (that’s the standard required to be a fighter pilot) – and just under a third surpass this. Just under half of long-sighted astigmatism procedures achieve the same; around one-tenth of patients surpass this level, attaining 20/12.5 vision or better. This is close to the highest possible level of visual acuity.

While these statistics are impressive, it is important to remember that the outcome will depend on the potential vision of the patient’s retina. The primary aim of Laser Eye Surgery is to achieve vision quality that is equivalent or better than that provided by glasses before the procedure.

Making the Decision

All three of the main methods of Laser Eye Surgery – PRK/LASEK, LASIK, and ReLEx SMILE – can effectively treat astigmatism. So, while there are a few barriers between you an a life free from headaches, eye strain, and pesky visual aids, the most significant one is making the decision…

To find out more about astigmatism, or to book a consultation with us, contact one of our friendly Patient Care Coordinators today. 

Our Fees start from £5,500 for standard treatment. Higher or very complex prescriptions may cost up to £6,900. Flexible finance makes the best more affordable: Choose payments from £56 per month, or a low 10% upfront. Payment plans from one to five years are available including a 24-month interest-free option. Read more.