What is astigmatism?
What Is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a refractive error/vision issue where the cornea (the clear window at the front of your eye) is more rugby ball shaped rather than rounded. This creates blurred vision, distortion, double images or shadowed vision at all distances.
Occasionally patients can have astigmatism with no other sight problems, however, it is most commonly paired with short-sightedness (myopia) or long-sightedness (hyperopia). When it’s combined with these additional refractive errors, the blur, and distortion that the patient sees increases.
If a patient suffers from significant astigmatism (usually anything more than 0.5 of a dioptre), corrective lenses, usually glasses, are required. ‘Toric’ contact lenses are available for this condition but are not well tolerated by some patients due to the lens rotating on the cornea. This leads to further blurred vision.
The good news is that astigmatism is easily corrected by laser eye surgery. LASIK is the most common treatment for astigmatism.
correcting astigmatism with LASIK is the treatment of choice and can make a dramatic improvement to the quality of vision
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Laser eye surgery, or laser refraction surgery, refers to several procedures used to correct refraction issues within the eye.
Most often patients will be experiencing short-sightedness (myopia) long-sightedness (hyperopia) or astigmatism. With older patients showing signs of presbyopia (old-age related long-sightedness).
Lens replacement surgery, such as refractive lens exchange (RLE), is growing in popularity. Lens exchange procedures have a low level of risk, permanent results, a positive financial outcome when compared to traditional vision correction and speedy recovery times.
Hyperopia (far- or long-sightedness) is a common refractive error where distance vision may not necessarily be affected, but objects closer to the subject are poorly defined and blurry. However, it is worth noting that everyone will experience hyperopia differently.
Myopia, commonly referred to as near-sightedness or short-sightedness, is a condition that hinders the effective range of vision, with objects only appearing clear and in focus when nearby. Myopia is a widespread cause of poor eyesight, with an estimated 1 in 3 people in the UK having myopia.