Yes, LASIK surgery can be done to correct most types of Astigmatism. It is an eye disorder that may occur by itself or in combination with hyperopia or myopia. This condition means that the patient suffers from distorted or blurred vision both at distant and near ranges. Astigmatism is caused by irregular curvature of the cornea. In astigmatism the curvature is similar to the surface of a football. There are two curves on an astigmatic cornea – one is steep and the other is flat. These curves allow the light to converge at different points after entering into the eye. The conflicting images are sent to the brain by the eye and it results in distorted or blurred vision.
Different types of astigmatism are based on the orientation and location of the various curvatures in the cornea. Patients who want to be treated for their astigmatism have two main options. One is to use a corrective lens and the other is to undergo a LASIK eye procedure. LASIK vision correction surgery is a common procedure to correct astigmatism as it is a permanent, safe and effective solution. Dr. Boothe helped tens of thousands of people to correct their astigmatism with Lasik surgery.
In order to perform a LASIK surgery on your eyes, Dr. Boothe of Boothe Laser Center and his counselors will take measurements of the eyes with the help of computerized corneal topography systems. This corneal digital map is used to perform re-sculpting of the underlying eye tissues and create more symmetrical and precise curvatures. A laser is used to lift the corneal flap and the tissue underneath will be reshaped with the help of another laser device. After reshaping these tissues, the corneal flap is placed back to its position. In general, blurred vision of an astigmatic patient can be fully corrected using LASIK procedure and enable 20/20 vision. Refractive surgery for astigmatism is usually very successful and patients are said to be highly satisfied with their surgical results.
A Lasik procedure for astigmatism is an outpatient procedure that can be completed within a few minutes. The procedure is painless and there will be no sutures and bandages after the surgery. The major benefit of LASIK surgery is that you will not have to use contact lenses or eyeglasses again in the future. Very few side-effects occur in LASIK procedures for some astigmatic patients. These side-effects include dry eyes, difficult in focusing, having to wear spectacles, seeing halos and having poor driving ability at night. In some cases, especially if treated by inexperienced surgeons, a LASIK procedure for astigmatism may under or over-estimate the patient’s refraction, which can result in less than perfect eye vision.
Patients who opted for astigmatic LASIK procedure are advised to avoid wearing visual aids several weeks prior to surgery. Patients who wear glasses or lenses have a chance to develop an infection or a scratch on the cornea which will not allow the surgeons to operate on their cornea. Astigmatism is corrected by making the steep cornea flatter. It changes the shape of the cornea to a more rounded shape. After LASIK surgery, you can better focus on images as the light enters the eyes and falls right on the focal point. Dr. William Boothe is an expert LASIK surgeon who can match a custom eye procedure to help you in correcting almost all vision problems.