Astigmatism is a condition that affects the shape of your eye. Although this is more complex than standard short or long-sight, virtually all astigmatism symptoms are treatable by an expert surgeon using the right technology, contrary to a common misconception.
We have been using laser surgery to treat astigmatism symptoms for many years. In the hands of an expert laser eye surgeon, it is possible to correct the astigmatic vision using LASIK or PRK/LASEK.
You can find out if you are a suitable candidate for astigmatism treatment at NHSTR Clinics and Hospitals by contacting our team. Simply send us a message, give us a call, or arrange for us to call you back, and one of our Patient Care Coordinators will guide you through the process, answering any questions you may have and making sure you are left with no worries or doubts.
Astigmatism is slightly more complex to treat than Myopia or Hyperopia (short-sightedness and long-sightedness) because it requires correction in more than one plane.
In Myopia and Hyperopia, the eye surgeon subtly reshapes what is essentially a normal-shaped, spherical cornea. But an astigmatic cornea is shaped more like a rugby ball than the normal sphere. This creates a flattened cone shape at the front of the eye.
As light enters at the different angles through this cone, two points of focus are formed rather than one, causing you to see a blurred image. This is what is to blame for classic astigmatism symptoms such as blurred small print, difficulty reading, the inability to see both near and far without squinting, constant headache, and fatigue.
The conical shape of the cornea means that the laser eye surgeon must take account of every distortion, in every direction. Although this is certainly more complex than standard myopia or hyperopia, virtually all astigmatism symptoms ate treatable by an expert surgeon using the right technology.