Can I Get LASIK With Astigmatism?

  
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Astigmatism is the most common refractive error that affects both children and adults. The condition can be mild, with no symptoms or progressive with major effects on your vision.

The good news is that astigmatism is one of the refractive errors that LASIK can treat. Keep reading to learn more about LASIK and how astigmatism works!

Can I Get LASIK with Astigmatism?

LASIK is a laser surgery procedure used to correct astigmatism, myopia, and hyperopia. These are refractive errors that affect how the eye can focus light on the retina.

These errors occur because the eye is not shaped correctly. For astigmatism, LASIK reshapes the cornea to allow it to refract light accurately.

LASIK can correct astigmatism permanently. If your condition is severe, you may need follow-up enhancement procedures to gain clearer vision.

What Does LASIK Involve?

LASIK surgery takes about 15 minutes for both eyes. During the procedure, your surgeon creates a thin flap in the top layer of the cornea.

This is done with a femtosecond laser. This allows them to access the inner cornea. The inner cornea is where they remove excess tissue using an excimer laser.

By doing this, your surgeon reshapes the cornea into a suitable round shape. After completing this step, they will then put the flap back in place.

You’ll notice vision improvement soon after the procedure, usually the same day or the next day. Over the next few days or weeks, you may experience dry eyes or other temporary side effects.

Are You A Good Candidate for LASIK?

You’re a good candidate for LASIK if:

  • You have healthy eyes without issues like pink eye or dry eye syndrome. The conditions can affect how your eyes heal after surgery and can be a risk for your vision. LASIK can make issues like dry eye worse.
  • Your corneas are thick enough. Getting LASIK and having thin corneas can lead to visual consequences or impairment.
  • Your vision has been stable for at least a year or more. For LASIK to be successful, your vision needs to remain unchanged for a year or more.

What are Other Treatment Options for Astigmatism?

If you don’t qualify for LASIK because of the severity of your astigmatism, there are other procedures and treatments. These include:

  • Glasses with cylindrical lenses that provide clear vision at all distances.
  • Contact lenses, which provide a clearer and wider field of view compared to glasses. Toric soft contacts and rigid gas permeable contacts are preferred for astigmatism.
  • Orthokeratology, which involves fitting rigid contact lenses for a limited period to reshape the cornea. Patients can wear them overnight, and then remove them in the morning. These lenses provide temporary vision correction. Wearing them means you don’t have to wear prescription glasses or contacts.

For many patients with astigmatism, LASIK is an appropriate procedure. But the only way to know for sure is to schedule a LASIK consultation at Herschel LASIK & Cataract Institute in Orlando, FL!

Why wait if you’ve ever dreamed of visual freedom and saying goodbye to your glasses and contacts? It could become your new reality if you’re a candidate for LASIK!

Those who know choose Herschel LASIK and Cataract Institute

Beautiful office. Amazing and caring staff. Getting my surgery done Saturday and the Doctor and the staff helped choose the right option for me and I didn't feel pushed to commit. One of the only few who commits the patient to a dry eye treatment as per my research. Post-surgery I hope to keep my 5 star rating because I have nothing bad to say!

Yogi Nayyar (Google), February 2020

I recently did my LASIK procedure about 1 week ago and was completely blown away from beginning to end with the SERVICE received from the entire staff at Herschel LASIK. The office is beautifully decorated and the staff was always professional, personable, knowledgeable and friendly. I particularly enjoyed the way that everything was explained clearly before, during and after my procedure and questions were always encouraged and answered. My experience was the best encounter to date with a physician. Excellent doctor + excellent support staff +excellent service = excellent experience and a happy customer. Thank you so much Dr. Herschel, Doris and Francesca.

Vernicia Sturrup (Google), September 2019

Great service, sometimes a bit of a wait, but I take a full lobby as a sign of a well recommended doctor. Staff is friendly & quick to answerphones & squeeze me in when I got an eye problem. Would definitely recommend them to anyone wanting to get LASIK. Doctor even personally called to check on me the night after my procedure.

Stephanie G. (Yelp), January 2020

I got my LASIK procedure done here. I was apprehensive, mostly because anything to do with my eyes kind of freaked me out.
I went under a free consultation. The nurses/assistants were very nice and they answered any questions I had. Then I met Dr. Herschel and he was very nice and understanding. He explained all that would happen, how everything works, how long recovery will be, everything.
So, I agreed and start the process. I love the fact you always meet with Dr. Herschel at every appointment.
I now have 20/20 vision.
I'd highly recommend going to him for all of your vision needs.

Kelsea K. (Yelp), November 2019

Great surgeon and great staff. Do your research, Dr. Herschel is more than just a LASIK surgeon. He is certified and specializes in all areas of eye surgery so have peace of mind that you are getting one of the best. They use current technology and machines. More so, if your eyes aren’t ready for surgery he has no problem delaying 1-2 weeks until they are 100% good-to-go. He will not risk your health for the sake of money.

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