How to Correct Astigmatism

1 February 24, 2015

Listed below is how to correct astigmatism in the most efficient and effective way possible via modern technology.

First, what is astigmatism and how can it impact your vision?

Astigmatism involves an irregular curvature of the cornea, which means that light is no longer being properly focused on the retina at the back of your eye. This condition can cause light to focus in multiple points instead of one, which creates a blurry image.

Unfortunately, astigmatism affects about 28% of the population to some degree, causing blurred vision at all distances, headaches, and strained eyes. It’s mainly hereditary, though it can also be the result of an eye injury. If left untreated, it can also get worse.

Since it affects so many individuals, understanding how to correct astigmatism is crucial for optometrists and LASIK surgeons alike. Of course, there are always contact lenses and glasses, but those simply mask the inherent problem. On the other hand, laser eye surgery can actually reshape your eye’s lens so it can properly focus light once again.

Both LASIK and PRK correct the distorted corneal shape. It’s normal to feel discomfort for a short amount of time after the procedure (usually a few hours for LASIK and up to a few days for PRK), but it’s worth it!


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