Lasik for Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a vision problem that’s commonly misunderstood.  First of all, it’s not a stigmatism as most people think, it’s “astigmatism”, and this should help you research the right information.

What’s Astigmatism?

Don’t think of it as a disease, astigmatism simply means your cornea is deformed requiring a correction.  Like the common nearsightedness and farsightedness, it’s a refractive error.


To understand astigmatism, it’s important to know that a normal cornea is round and shaped like a ball.  A person with astigmatism has a cornea that’s oval-shaped or looks more like a football.  Light bends unequally on the cornea due to this odd shape causing blurriness and vision problems.


Patients with astigmatism will experience eye-straining and headaches, especially after focusing on something for a while, like reading or working on a phone, iPad, or computer.  The most common symptom is blurred or distorted vision at all distances, far or near.  If you squint a lot, this is also one of the common symptoms to pay attention to.


types of astigmatism

  • Myopic Astigmatism (vision error causing nearsightedness)
  • Hyperopic astigmatism (vision error causing farsightedness)
  • Mixed astigmatism (vision error mix of nearsightedness and farsightedness)

Astigmatism is also characterized in two categories, regular and irregular.  Regular astigmatism is very common in half of the adult population.  Irregular astigmatism is less common and happens due to eye disease like “keratoconus” which thins the layer of the cornea distorting the shape of it.  Another reason for irregular astigmatism is having an eye injury that also distorts the cornea shape.

Does Lasik for Astigmatism Conditions Work?

Lasik does treat astigmatism but it will depend on the severity.  Dr. Alexandra will begin by determining the type of astigmatism you have before outlining the best treatment options.

Our patients with mild to moderate astigmatism have experienced effective results when they chose Lasik surgery for their treatment.

Lasik eye surgery is a convenient option for many people; even those not dealing with astigmatism, patients that lead active lifestyles find it much more convenient than traditional lenses or eyeglasses.

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