LASIK Can Be the Permanent Solution for Astigmatism

November 10th, 2020
LASIK and Astigmatism KE

If seeing starbursts or halos around lights has become your norm while driving at night, then you may be one in three Americans who experience astigmatism. This common refractive error can make images appear distorted or blurry, which leads many people to seek a permanent treatment for astigmatism, like LASIK surgery.

Are you considering LASIK with the top eye doctors in Dallas for your astigmatism? Continue reading to determine whether this procedure is a good fit for your goals.

What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a refractive error caused by an irregular curve in the cornea (the clear covering over the eye) or the lens behind the iris. Rather than having the proper sphere shape like a ping pong ball, these structures are oval shaped like an egg. This asymmetrical appearance causes light to enter the retina unequally, which results in the formation of two overlapping images. These images then appear as blurry or fuzzy at all distances.

Causes of Astigmatism

While this condition is heavily influenced by genetics, astigmatism can also develop due to eye injury, disease, or surgery. Those with astigmatism are also more likely to have other errors, including nearsightedness and farsightedness.

Treatment for Astigmatism

Not all cases of astigmatism require a surgical fix. In fact, most people opt to correct this condition with glasses or weighted contacts. However, if you’re looking for a solution to correct multiple refractive errors or give you more freedom, then LASIK surgery may be the answer.

LASIK uses state-of-the-art laser technology to remove tissue and reshape the cornea, making the surface more symmetrical. This corrective procedure has a 99% success rate at restoring 20/40 vision and a 90% success rate of restoring 20/20 vision in most patients.

Is LASIK Permanent?

Yes! In many cases, patients will experience permanent results and may only experience further fluctuations from natural aging. However, those with moderate to severe cases of astigmatism before surgery may need to fine-tune their vision with a follow-up LASIK procedure.

At Kleiman Evangelista Eye Centers, our LASIK plans include a one-year vision commitment warranty. After one year, at any point in your life that your eye surgeon recommends an enhancement, we will perform the procedure at a significantly reduced cost.

Am I a Candidate for LASIK Surgery?

Even though hundreds of thousands of people opt for this elective surgery each year, LASIK is not for everyone, especially those with:

  • Thin corneas

  • Extremely strong prescriptions

  • Chronic dry eye

  • Certain health and eye conditions

To determine whether you are a LASIK candidate, you should set up a free consultation with the top eye doctors in Dallas. During your appointment, you will undergo a series of tests similar to an annual eye exam as well as more complex assessments to measure the curvature of your eye and determine the extent of your procedure.

Fortunately, even if you are not eligible for LASIK, we offer several corrective eye surgery options that may better meet your needs. Schedule your free consultation with the top eye doctors in the greater Dallas area to get started on the journey toward clear, assistance-free vision.

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