As people age, they often notice their eyesight becoming worse, but many people experienced blurred or fuzzy vision at a younger age, and you may not be aware that the cause of your poor vision is a condition called astigmatism. Astigmatism affects millions of people but can be treated with the use of “hard” contact lenses or, more commonly, through astigmatism laser surgery.
What is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a common condition caused by an irregularity in the shape of the cornea or lens. That may mean that your cornea or lens which should be circular to create the best focus is flat on one side or elongated into an ovular shape. This changes the shape of the light as it enters the eye, making objects unclear.
Astigmatism changes the appearance of objects. This affects objects at any distance, making both near and far objects appear warped or blurry. Astigmatism often occurs in conjunction with nearsightedness or farsightedness, and may make it difficult to bring objects at either near or far distances into focus.
The cause for astigmatism is most commonly hereditary, and there is no known way to prevent astigmatism. Other individuals experience astigmatism only after an eye injury. However, astigmatism can be treated, and is not usually a progressive condition.
Astigmatism and LASIK Eye Surgery
While it is possible to treat astigmatism that affects the cornea with rigid contact lenses that gradually reshape the surface of the eye, many patients find greater value in the more immediate solution of astigmatism surgery. LASIK may be able to simultaneously correct nearsightedness or farsightedness if present.
Many patients prefer LASIK as a treatment for astigmatism as it frees them from the use of contact lenses or glasses, and is a permanent procedure. However, patients who have undergone treatment for may still find their eyes changing as they age due to a condition called presbyopia, or aging eyes. This is not a fault in astigmatism treatment, but simply a natural progression of age.
Cost of LASIK for Astigmatism
Kelly Vision Centers offer astigmatism laser surgery at one of the foremost laser vision correction clinics in the state. Please contact Dr. James Kelly today to learn more about treating this condition, the costs involved, and to schedule your appointment. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have and have flexible payment options available upon approval.