If you have been to your optician and been told that you have an astigmatism, it used to be the norm that you could only get glasses to improve your vision. However with the advancement in technology laser eye treatment for astigmatism is now readily available. This treatment gives you the possibility of regaining perfect eyesight without the need of glasses or contact lenses.

What Is Astigmatism?

This is the name for the condition where the cornea has an oval shape instead of the normal spherical shape. The cornea is the clear coloured lining that covers the iris for protection. Light is transmitted through it in order to create the images that you see. However if the cornea is oval shaped the light that is transmitted gets less focussed which results in all the images that you see looking blurred.

Astigmatism will cause blurred vision for things that are either close up or far away. Some people are born with this condition but it can also develop in others as they get older.

If you do not want to resort to wearing glasses for the rest of your life you could choose to get a pair of corrective contact lenses. The lenses that would be produced for you to wear would counter the effects of the astigmatism and ensure that you have improved vision.

If you are definite that you want to eliminate the use of both glasses and contact lenses and you are after a permanent solution, you could look at getting LASIK eye surgery. This is the most common type of surgery that is carried out for people with this type of eye problem.

The LASIK Eye Surgery Procedure

A very small incision is made and the top layer of the cornea which is called the epithelium is lifted up and away from the eye. A tool called an excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea. Once this is done, the layer is folded back over the eye and left to heal. This procedure can take less than 30 minutes to complete.

During this process, you are awake the whole time. An eye drop solution is put in your eyes to make them completely numb so you do not feel a thing.

If you are looking for a long term solution that will result in perfect vision, you should find out as much as you can about laser eye surgery for astigmatism. You could find that this is the best decision that you can make.

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