What Is Astigmatism, and How Can It Be Corrected?

What Is Astigmatism, and How Can It Be Corrected?

Astigmatism is a fairly common eye condition that causes blurry vision.Most of us have only mild astigmatism.  About 70% of us have enough astigmatism to blur the vision without glasses. While most people with astigmatism correct their vision with contacts or eyeglasses, there are ways to correct the problem surgically so that glasses and contacts are not required. Here is what you need to know about astigmatism and what you can do about it.

What Is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a condition of the eye in which the cornea of the eye is not shaped correctly. Instead of being round; its oval to a degree. It could also be that the curvature of the lens inside the eye is misshapen. Surgical Correction either occurs on the cornea or with the lens.

The most common way to correct astigmatism surgically is with Lasik eye surgery. Lasik eye surgery allows the doctor to correct vision, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The procedure has little downtime and a fairly easy recovery, and it can give you a lifetime of benefits as you no longer need to worry about glasses or contacts for distance vision.

You can also have astigmatism corrected during other eye surgery procedures. For example, astigmatism can be very successfully corrected during cataract surgery. Lens implants that correct astigmatism have been around for over 20 years.  Combining procedures is a good idea to improve your vision significantly with lower costs and recovery.

If you are interested in correcting your astigmatism and getting rid of your glasses or contacts, contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Ahad Mahootchi

Board Certified Ophthalmologist at The Eye Clinic of Florida
Dr. Mahootchi is a board certified Ophthalmologist and the Medical Director of the Clinic.

A Tampa Tribune reader’s poll has ranked him as Pasco’s Best Eye Surgeon for the last 3 years.

PatientsChoice.org has recognized him as one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors for 9 years in a row (2009-2017). He again won the Patient’s Choice Award for the 9th year in row this year. Both awards are given to less than 3% of doctors and based on patient voting. Dr. Mahootchi was in the top 1% in 2017.
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