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What Can I Do About My Astigmatism?

If you’ve been told you have astigmatism, you may be wondering what it is and what you can do about it. Fortunately, it’s a common eye condition that can be corrected in several different ways.  

At Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona, home of MyEyesToday.com, our eye care specialists have extensive experience identifying and managing astigmatism. Here, we invite you to learn more about this condition and how we treat it.

About astigmatism

Your eye is made up of several structures that work together to send visual information to your brain. These include the cornea (the transparent layer at the front of your eye) and the lens (a clear structure that focuses the light that comes into your eye).

Astigmatism occurs when the lens and/or cornea aren’t properly curved. If you have astigmatism in one or both eyes, you may experience blurry or distorted vision. You may also notice headaches, eyestrain, or discomfort in your eyes.

Astigmatism is known as a refractive error, because it affects how light is refracted (focused) in your eyes. You may have astigmatism alone or in combination with other types of vision irregularities such as nearsightedness or farsightedness.

Diagnosing astigmatism

Straightforward diagnostic tests can determine whether you have astigmatism. Your eye care specialist performs these tests during your routine eye exams.  

Correcting astigmatism

If you have astigmatism, you have several treatment options.

Eyeglasses

Eyeglasses improve and sharpen your vision by correcting refractive errors.

Contact lenses

Like eyeglasses, contact lenses correct distortions in your vision caused by astigmatism and other refractive errors. The type of contact lenses that are best for you depends on the extent and type of astigmatism you have.

Eye procedures

Certain eye procedures can correct vision problems due to astigmatism. The option that’s best suited to you depends on several factors, including what type of eye condition you have, the symptoms or vision distortion you have, your eye health, your overall health, your age, and your vision goals.

We offer the following procedures:

LASIK: LASIK is an outpatient procedure that uses gentle laser energy to reshape your cornea. This procedure is safe, effective, and usually takes only a few minutes. LASIK requires no anesthesia — just numbing eye drops. In some cases, LASIK can permanently eliminate your need for eyeglasses or contacts.

LESA™: LESA stands for "Lens of the Eye Surgical Alteration," and our own Dr. Kianoush Kian pioneered its use for our practice. It replaces your natural eye lens with an artificial lens in a safe, in-office procedure. For some patients, LESA offers permanent vision correction for astigmatism and other vision conditions.

PRK: PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is a type of refractive surgery done on the cornea. After removing the topmost layer of your cornea, your specialist reshapes the underlying cornea tissue. During several weeks after surgery, the top layer of your cornea grows back.

Sharpen your vision now

If you’re experiencing blurry vision, eyestrain, or any kind of issues with your eyes, don't wait another minute to schedule an evaluation. Our specialists at Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona are highly skilled at diagnosing and treating a full range of eye and vision conditions.

Contact us today to schedule a visit by calling the office nearest you or booking online. Our offices are conveniently located in Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek, Arizona, and we also offer services through our mobile eye clinic.

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