Astigmatism Treatments: Options for Enhancing Your Vision Quality

Hudson Valley Astigmatism Treatments


Dec 6, 2014 @ 10:34 AM — by Richard Gordon
Tagged with: Lasik | Astigmatism |

A woman's eye highlighted by a digital boxAt Palisades Laser Eye Center in Pomona, we offer state-of-the-art LASIK eye surgery and other advanced vision correction treatments. This commitment to advanced care means that our patients are able to see clearly and get the treatment that they need that's ideal for their needs.

Our team is committed to proper patient education. With that in mind, we'd like to cover the basics of astigmatism, a vision issue that much of the public doesn't quite understand.

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism refers to an irregular curvature of the cornea or the lens of the eye. This issue with curvature leads to problems with the way that light passes through the eyes and focuses on the retinas. The result is vision that is fuzzy, distorted, or blurry. It is not uncommon for astigmatism to accompany nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia).

Symptoms of Astigmatism

Symptoms of astigmatism generally include blurry or fuzzy vision and issues with eyestrain and eye fatigue. Some people who suffer from astigmatism will also notice headaches associated with their vision issues and the strain on their eyes.

Types of Astigmatism

There are five types of astigmatism, which we'd like to briefly cover below:

  • Simple Myopic Astigmatism - Light passing through the eye has two focal points: one in front of the retina and one on the retina
  • Simple Hyperopic Astigmatism - Light passing through the eye has two focal points: one on the retina and one focused behind the retina
  • Compound Myopic Astigmatism - Light passing through the eye has two focal points: both located in front of the retina but in different spots
  • Compound Hyperopic Astigmatism - Light passing through the eye has two focal points: both located in points behind the retina but in different spots
  • Mixed Astigmatism - Light passing through the eye has two focal points: one in front of the retina and one behind the retina

LASIK as a Treatment for Astigmatism

LASIK surgery is one of the most popular treatment options for a number of refractive errors, and it is highly effective as well. During LASIK surgery, a laser reshapes and recontours the cornea. By doing this, the light passing through the eyes is better focused on the retina, ensuring clearer vision.

LASIK Alternatives for Treating Astigmatism

Some people are not ideal candidates for LASIK due to issues with the thinness of their corneas. In such cases, these patients may still qualify for PRK and LASEK. These are laser vision correction surgeries that operate much like LASIK but differ in the means that the topmost layer of the cornea is treated.

Corrective Lenses to Treat Astigmatism

If you are not an ideal candidate for laser eye surgery, tried and true methods of treating vision issues are always available. This means prescription glasses and contact lenses. Both are quite effective at improving vision quality and addressing various types of refractive errors.

We will be more than happy to discuss surgical treatments as well as corrective lenses with you in more detail during your visit to the practice.

Schedule a Consultation at Palisades Laser Eye Center

For more information about treating astigmatism and what our team can do to enhance the quality of your vision, be sure to contact our laser eye surgery center today. The team here at Palisades Laser Eye Center will discuss all of your treatment options with you in greater detail and help you make the best decisions with regard to your eyes.