Timothy Denman, M.D.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

Years ago, the only contact lens option for astigmatism was hard lenses, which were not very comfortable. Today you can wear rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses or toric soft contact lenses.

LASIK illustrationCorrecting 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.

At Oregon Eye Specialists, we use the Alcon AcrySof Toric IOL and the AMO Tecnis IOL. If you have astigmatism, you can choose a toric IOL even if you don’t need cataract surgery.

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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About the Expert

Dr. Timothy Denman is an experienced cataract surgeon at OES, having performed more than 10,000 cataract and refractive procedures in his career. Some of his current focuses are advanced intraocular lens surgery and multifocal and toric intraocular lenses – he cares for his patients and stays at the cusp of cataract surgery innovations to serve their needs. Learn more about Dr. Timothy Denman »