Do you have astigmatism? We have a cure.

It’s often claimed that laser eye surgery cannot treat astigmatism. And yet, at the London Vision Clinic, we’ve been using laser surgery to treat astigmatism symptoms for many years.

London Vision Clinic’s results treating astigmatism

Treating astigmatism with laser eye surgery

Astigmatism is slightly more complex to treat than short-sightedness or long-sightedness. That’s because it requires correction in more than one plane.

In short-sightedness or long-sightedness, the 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.

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, and 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 short-sightedness or long-sightedness, virtually all astigmatism symptoms are treatable by an expert laser eye surgeon using the right technology. Indeed, high astigmatism cases are routine at the London Vision Clinic.

So if you have astigmatism, we can almost certainly help. Find out if you are suitable for laser eye treatment at the London Vision Clinic by contacting on of our Patient Care Coordinators by completing our online enquiry form.

About astigmatism

The outermost part of the eye, the cornea is a transparent layer that covers the iris, the pupil, and the lens. Rather than being a simple ‘window’, the cornea refracts or bends light and helps to focus it onto the retina. Any irregularity in the cornea’s shape therefore results in incorrect focusing of light and in blurred vision. In short, astigmatism is image distortion that results from an improperly shaped cornea.

A normal cornea is spherical, with astigmatism however, the cornea is elliptical – more like a rugby ball. The effect is that light passing through an astigmatic cornea will have two points of focus and not create a single, sharp image on the retina.

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Isabella finds a cure for her astigmatism

Youtube video link Isabella, a patient, describes her search for a laser eye surgery provider, and why she chose London Vision Clinic

An eye with astigmatism

With astigmatism, light focuses on two points, one point in front and one point behind the retina


Patients successfully treated for astigmatism

I can only say that the results for me speak for themselves. Having worn contact lenses for 30-plus years, to be free of all the aggravation is fantastic. My vision now is so much better than with the lenses, it is incredible. Dan and his team are truly experts in their field, and I cannot conceive why anyone would go elsewhere for laser surgery. – Tony M., Company Director

The procedure was quick and painless. After 20 minutes or so of the laser surgery, I was led into a darkened room for a surprise massage. A very nice touch indeed and well appreciated. – Carlos D., Computer Programmer

Professor Dan Reinstein is so confident and reassuring that he makes you feel you have nothing to worry about and the end result justified this. – Caroline K., Researcher, from South Croydon

Thank you very much to staff at the clinic and to Dr Carp for a very thorough pre-surgery consultation, which put my fears at rest. The surgery itself was quick and painless & Dr Carp talked me through each step methodically. One day later, I have no pain and very little discomfort (and good vision!) – Grainne M., Lawyer