Astigmatism Correction

Written by Julie Bruff
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About Astigmatism Correction

Of all the refractive vision disorders, astigmatism correction is the one that will be sought most earnestly as the distortions of vision are the most consequential for the sufferer. In fact, astigmatism can cause not only blurred vision, but distortion of vision at all distances. Although it can be corrected by glasses or contacts, because a sufferer often cannot see well at all without glasses, many sufferers consider astigmatism correction by laser at some point.

Another name for astigmatism correction by laser surgery is refractive surgery. The surgeon will change the shape of the cornea so that it reflects light without distortion. There is more than one type of refractive surgery for astigmatism, although LASIK is among the most popular.

Astigmatism Correction by Laser

For many people with astigmatism, laser surgery will allow them to see properly without glasses or contact lenses for the first time in their lives. This is a very exciting development; especially since it allows people to enjoy activities they once would have found difficult. Imagine surfing with contact lenses in, or water skiing, for example!

Of course astigmatism correction by laser can bring with it difficulties. Sometimes after laser surgery a patient will see halos around objects, or will experience glare. Sometimes this will fade or improve months after the surgery, and sometimes not. Another problem experienced by some laser astigmatism correction patients is contrast sensitivity. Often patients find that images are "faded" or not as clear as they might be. In most cases, however, this situation has corrected itself within six months of the date of the surgery.

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