Choosing laser eye surgery for astigmatism
It’s often claimed that laser eye surgery cannot treat astigmatism. And yet, at London Vision Clinic, we’ve been using laser surgery to treat astigmatism symptoms for many years. In the hands of an expert laser eye surgeon it is possible to correct astigmatic vision using LASIK or PRK / LASEK.
Please find out if you are a suitable candidate for astigmatism treatment at London Vision Clinic by contacting us. One of our Patient Care Coordinators will guide you through the process and will answer all of your questions.
Astigmatism is slightly more complex to treat than myopia or hyperopia (short-sightedness and long-sightedness) because it requires correction in more than one plane.
In myopia and hyperopia, the eye surgeon is subtly reshaping what is essentially a normal-shaped, spherical cornea. But an astigmatic cornea is shaped more like a rugby ball than the normal sphere. This creates a flattened cone shape at the front of the eye.
The treatment has enabled me to carry out activities I wouldn’t dream of with glasses. From snowboarding to watching 3D movies. The results are incredible and the treatment is quick (approx. 12 mins) and pain free! David
Light enters at different angles through this cone, creating two points of focus – and therefore a blurred image. This is what causes classic astigmatism symptoms such as blurred small print, difficulty reading, the inability to see both near and far without squinting, constant headache and fatigue.
The conical shape of the cornea means that the surgeon must take account of every distortion, in every direction. Although this is certainly more complex than standard myopia or hyperopia, virtually all astigmatism symptoms are treatable by an expert surgeon using the right technology and high astigmatism cases are routine at London Vision Clinic.