Can LASIK Fix Astigmatism?

Can LASIK fix astigmatism? LASIK eye surgery is sometimes seen as a miracle cure, allowing people with bad vision to see clearly without glasses or contacts. One of the most common elective surgeries, it has helped many people, and the technology behind the procedure continues to evolve and improve. But can LASIK fix astigmatism? Dr. Gary Tylock, a Dallas LASIK specialist, has answers about LASIK, astigmatism, and other eye questions.

For many people with astigmatism, LASIK may be a last ditch effort. If you have astigmatism, you have probably heard “no” to many questions, such as “can I wear contacts, can lenses completely clear up my vision, or can you fix this problem”, so you probably doubt that “can I get LASIK with astigmatism” will get a positive response. Cheer up! In most cases, it can.

To understand why, you must understand astigmatism. It is a condition in which the shape of the eye is more of a football than a sphere. This causes light to refract off the cornea in more than one place, and results in blurred vision. People with astigmatism may have problems with depth perception, and may see things as wider or more elongated than is normal. Corrective lenses cannot give sufferers of astigmatism crisp vision, and contact lenses only deal with symptoms, so how can LASIK fix astigmatism?

The answer is simple, if you understand LASIK. LASIK, and other refractive surgeries, reshape the cornea’s surface with laser pulses. By adjusting the cornea’s shape to more closely resemble a sphere, LASIK makes it possible for your eye to refract light more clearly, and your vision improves. In this way, not only can LASIK correct astigmatism symptoms, but it can actually eradicate the cause. This makes it a much better choice than glasses or contacts, which are only a partial fix.

So, can LASIK fix astigmatism in your case? Probably, and the best way to know is to visit a LASIK specialist and find out. In the Dallas area, Tylock-George Eye Care and Laser Center is a great place to learn more about LASIK, and improve your vision. Dr. Gary Tylock is not only a well-qualified LASIK surgeon; he’s actually a pioneer in the field, who has been instrumental in developing some of the technology behind LASIK surgery, and in training other surgeons to perform the procedure. Visit the website to learn more, or connect with the online community on Facebook and Twitter.