Can LASIK Fix Astigmatism?


Popular for more than 20 years, LASIK eye surgery is performed by skilled eye surgeons, and employs lasers to fix vision issues which are caused by refractive errors in your eyes.

What are refractive errors? Refractive issues are the vision distortions that are present in a variety of common eye conditions – including astigmatism. LASIK is commonly used for:

  • Astigmatism, caused by an unusual bend of your cornea, causing blurred vision
  • Nearsightedness or myopia, causing objects to be seen clearly if near, but blurred if far away
  • Farsightedness or hyperopia, which means you can see far-away objects, but vision is blurred up close

So, because astigmatism is a refractive eye condition, LASIK can definitely help. Your skilled eye surgeon can help you determine the benefits of the procedure.

What Does LASIK Surgery Entail?

There have been over 40 million LASIK procedures performed all around the world since 1999. Safe, effective, and fast, LASIK is an outpatient procedure that usually takes around 15 minutes per eye.

Before your surgery, your ophthalmologist examines the shape of your cornea and takes measurements of your eye. This is done to map your cornea, a process to ascertain which exact areas of your eye need laser reshaping.  

Is LASIK Painful?

You won’t feel any pain from the LASIK procedure. Your eyes will be numbed, and all you’re likely to feel is just a little bit of pressure while the laser is directed on your eye. Your doctor uses the laser light to shape the corneal thickness and curvature of your eyes in order to eliminate refractive errors. 

Recovery time is rapid, with most patients able to resume normal activities within a day. However, there are a few activities you should limit after LASIK, such as: 

  • Don’t wear eye makeup for two weeks
  • Avoid playing non-contact sports for three days
  • Avoid contact sports for four weeks
  • Avoid swimming and hot tubs for four weeks minimum

It’s important to follow your ophthalmologist’s instructions for post-LASIK eye care.

Is LASIK Worth It for Patients with Astigmatism? 

LASIK is extremely helpful for patients with astigmatism. After all, you won’t have to wear prescription glasses or contact lenses, or have regular visits to the eye doctor to be fitted for new glasses or lenses. The procedure also eliminates the cost of glasses and lenses. 

About 90% of patients who experience LASIK eye surgery have vision between 20/20 and 20/40 – without any glasses or contact lenses, allowing them to see clearly, and experience “normal” vision. 

Having clear vision is more than worth it for patients with astigmatism. You can say goodbye to seeing blurred images without wearing corrective lenses. Better vision without glasses or contacts is invaluable. 

Are You Ready to Learn More About LASIK?

If you’re ready to learn more about the benefits of LASIK for astigmatism, reach out to us today. We’re happy to provide a consultation, discuss how the procedure can help you, or schedule a LASIK surgery appointment. Our skilled ophthalmologic team is here to help!