Laser Eye Surgery and Astigmatism

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Anyone with astigmatism will know how frustrating it can be to rely on glasses or contact lenses constantly in order to see objects, regardless of how close or far away they are.


Laser Eye Surgery can permanently treat astigmatism so that when light enters the eye, it hits the back of the eye correctly and images appear perfectly clear at any distance.

What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a refractive error that can manifest in one or both eyes, that is related to the shape of your cornea – which should be curved like a football.


The condition can be accompanied by myopia (shortsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness), both of which are also refractive errors.


In cases of astigmatism, the curve of the cornea is more oval that spherical which causes light to hit the back of the eye at multiple points rather than one single point on the retina.


This causes the messages that are sent to the brain to become fuzzy and objects appear out of focus.

How do I know if I’ve astigmatism?

If you do not rely on glasses or contact lenses for any other refractive error such as long or shortsightedness, but find yourself experiencing eye strain or headaches, this could be a sign that you might have astigmatism.


Astigmatism can be inherited, but it also can be caused by injury or eye disease. It is also quite common in children, but they can only wear glasses or lenses to correct the error as long as they are growing.

Can any astigmatism be treated with Laser Eye Surgery?

The first step in correcting your astigmatism with Laser Eye Surgery is to book a free consultation in order to receive a thorough eye examination and determine whether you are suitable candidate for refractive surgery.


If you suffer from astigmatism and myopia or hyperopia, the good news is that Laser Eye Surgery can treat both conditions at the same time.


If you would like any more information about treating your astigmatism with Laser Eye Surgery, call to book your free consultation on 1890 301 302.

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