What is astigmatism?
Astigmatism is the corresponding visual problem when the light being focused into the eye is stronger along one visual axis than another. This results in the incoming light being focused at two different point inside the eye, instead of a sharp focus at one point.
What types of treatment are available?
There are several different ways of approaching astigmatism surgically.
- Astigmatic keratotomy – This a procedure where small incisions are made in the cornea in order to compensate for astigmatism.
- LASIK or PRK – Laser vision correction can be chosen.
- Intra-ocular lens implantation (via refractive lens exchange or cataract surgery) with a astigmatic “toric” lens.
It is even possible that a combination of the above treatments may give the best outcome. Dr. Klein will discuss the best choice for you.