We have all heard the word ASTIGMATISM, but what is it?!?! Breathe easy, it’s not a disease, it’s just a refractive error like nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia) and yes, in most cases, it is treatable! LASIK with astigmatism can be a viable treatment option, even if you were told you were not a candidate in the past.
Astigmatism just means your cornea is irregularly shaped. A spherical cornea (no astigmatism) is shaped like a tennis ball, with the same amount of curvature on all sides. Now, if you squeeze that tennis ball really hard, it will become flatter on 2 sides and longer on 2 sides. This is astigmatism.
New Candidates for LASIK With Astigmatism
Many patients come to us for astigmatism surgery because they have difficulty with their toric contact lenses. Toric lenses are specialty lenses used to correct astigmatism. Sometimes they are hard to fit or just not comfortable for the patient who looks for other options. They are also expensive and like all contacts, the patient must maintain their contacts, which is time consuming.
Some patients feel that because they had a difficult time with the contact lens fit, that LASIK eye surgery for Astigmatism is not an option. This could not be further from the truth! LASIK with astigmatism is now a treatment option for many patients. As technology has moved forward, so has the treatment of larger refractive errors. If you were told years ago that you were not a candidate for LASIK astigmatism surgery, you may very well be a candidate today, using the latest FDA approved laser technology.
LaserVue Offers State of the Art Technology for Astigmatism Surgery
Dr. Magruder is the first to offer the Wavelight Refractive Suite to astigmatism surgery patients in Central Florida. Using this technology, Dr. Magruder is able to offer freedom from glasses and contacts to patients who may not have been candidates for LASIK eye surgery for astigmatism in the past.
We welcome you to come see us at LaserVue and learn more about LASIK with astigmatism! Dr. Magruder offers complimentary LASIK consultations. We will perform numerous diagnostic tests to determine the best treatment options for your astigmatism.
Please call our office at (407) 843-5665 or click here to schedule YOUR complimentary consultation with Dr. Magruder.