If you’ve ever wondered how the laser vision correction process works when treating specific conditions, you’re in luck! Today’s article will explain how to correct astigmatism in the most precise 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.
Laser Eye Surgery To Correct Astigmatism
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!