Astigmatism is a common condition in which the cornea of the eye has a shape similar to that of a football, rather than a normal corneal shape resembling a baseball. Because the cornea is oddly shaped, light bends unequally as it enters the eye, causing vision distortion or blurriness.
Many who suffer from astigmatism do not know that it can often be corrected with LASEK eye surgery. Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASEK) is a popular form of laser eye surgery that reshapes the inner layer of the cornea to correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. LASEK eye surgery has proven to be an effective treatment for many patients with mild or moderate astigmatism. LASEK is also a convenient option for many other people, even if they don’t have astigmatism.
LASEK for astigmatism is accomplished by smoothing out the irregularities of the cornea at the precise points of the astigmatism, therefore allowing light to focus correctly on the retina. During the LASEK procedure in Rogers, pulses of cool, ultra-violet light are emitted from a computer-guided laser to remove corneal cells according to your unique prescription.
There may be some patients with severe astigmatism that do not qualify for LASEK surgery. Many people suffering from astigmatism are children and it is recommended that LASEK patients be over the age of 18 years old to ensure that their refractive error has stabilized.
Depending on the type and severity of astigmatism, as well as other factors, Dr. Cole may be able to treat your eyes with LASEK. To find out if you are a good candidate for LASEK, Contact BoozmanHof at 800-428-3937 or boozmanhof.com to schedule a consultation.