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LASIK and Astigmatism

Astigmatism is described as a condition arising from an irregularly shaped cornea that can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgeries such as LASIK. A common symptom of astigmatism is slightly blurry vision, which is accompanied by headaches and eye strain. Another common symptom is a tired feeling after reading for long periods of time. Patients experiencing these symptoms should consult an eye doctor for careful evaluation and remedy.

Laser vision corWoman wearing eyeglasses - Northern New Jersey Eye Instituterection in New Jersey can be applied for astigmatism caused by hyperopia or myopia. The most common type of refractive surgery is LASIK, which is a near painless procedure that reduces or eliminates the need for eyeglasses and contact lenses. There are different types of LASIK surgery that can treat and cure astigmatism, which underscores the importance of having a skilled eye surgeon in your corner.

If astigmatism is accompanied with nearsightedness or farsightedness, then LASIK might be the ideal procedure because it can correct all the problems and often results in eliminating the need for wearing eyeglasses and/or contact lenses. The test performed to determine if the patient is qualified for LASIK involves something akin to a corneal topography. Like LASIK, the procedure is non-invasive and uses a medical imaging technique to map out the surface of the cornea and the outer part of the eye.

Upon consulting with a Laser vision correction New Jersey eye doctor, the patient will likely be given a recommendation that recommends the optimal type of LASIK procedure to be performed, and other alternatives that are available.