If you have astigmatism, you might have blurry vision, difficulty reading or other vision problems. The right astigmatism correction can make a major difference to your comfort and quality of life.
For astigmatism treatment, there are two main options:
- Corrective lenses (contact lenses and eyeglasses)
- LASIK and other surgical procedures to correct astigmatism
Let’s look at these astigmatism treatment options one by one.
Astigmatism correction with contact lenses
Correcting astigmatism with LASIK
Laser surgery is a more precise way to correct astigmatism. Types of laser surgery for astigmatism include LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK. Both of these procedures can reliably correct mild to severe astigmatism. An experienced refractive surgeon can advise you on the best treatment to correct your astigmatism.
Other astigmatism correction options
Limbal relaxing incisions, or LRIs, are an established form of astigmatism surgery. The procedure is also called astigmatic keratotomy, or AK. Your surgeon makes small curved incisions on the cornea so it becomes rounder.LRIs work well for mild astigmatism but not severe astigmatism.
Correcting astigmatism during cataract surgery
The most recent intraocular lens (IOL) technology for astigmatism is the toric lens. If you need cataract surgery and have astigmatism, you can choose this IOL, which has built-in astigmatism correction.
Refractive lens exchange (RLE) for astigmatism correction
If you are not an ideal LASIK candidate, but want better vision without glasses, refractive lens exchange (RLE) could be for you. Talk to your doctor about whether you are a good candidate.
Astigmatism correction with glasses
Eyeglasses are the most traditional astigmatism correction. Every Oregon Eye Specialists clinic has a Sight Shop next door where nationally certified opticians work directly with your doctor to give you the best vision possible.
Which astigmatism correction is right for me?
The right astigmatism treatment depends on your degree of astigmatism, lifestyle and eye health. With a general eye examination, an eye doctor can help you select the best option.
Do you need astigmatism treatment? Make an appointment
Your ophthalmologist or optometrist at Oregon Eye Specialists will be happy to answer any further questions about astigmatism correction. Request an appointment online or call us at 503-935-5580.
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