Ophthalmologist Questions Astigmatism

Is lasik surgery a good option for those with an astigmatism?

I have an astigmatism, and I was looking into possibly having surgery done so I don't have to wear glasses or contacts. Is lasik or laser surgery effective in treating this?

9 Answers

Yes if you are under 40 years of age
It’s an excellent option if you don’t have any of the contraindications

It depends on the type of astigmatism but usually it’s an excellent option

A. James Khodabakhsh MD
LASIK is absolutely a great option for those with astigmatism. Your surgeon will review your eye maps and the exam findings and if your astigmatism is a regular astigmatism and your eyes are healthy, you will do great with a laser treatment. Frequently, laser vision correction will make your vision even better than glasses or contact lenses, since the correction is placed directly onto your eyes, so eye movement will not have any effect on your vision, as it can with glasses and contacts. You will really enjoy your vision without astigmatism, so definitely move forward and get the procedure - you will be really happy.
LASIK surgery is great for correcting both nearsightedness (myopia) & astigmatism. It is not as good for correcting farsighted (hyperopic) patients as they are much more likely to regress and the farsightedness returns. Fortunately this is not common in nearsighted patients.
Yes, astigmatism has been successfully treated with Laser Vision Correction for over 10 years
LASIK is approved to treat regular corneal astigmatism in the US up to certain amounts. Your doctor will tell you at your preoperative appointment if you are a good candidate.
Astigmatism can be successful corrected with Lasik surgery if you are a candidate for the procedure
Lasik surgery can correct astigmatism. Your refractive surgeon will run tests to ensure that your type and/or magnitude of astigmatism can be corrected.