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Can LASIK Treat Astigmatism?

Can LASIK Treat Astigmatism?

December 12, 2017 • 905 views

Many people ask us about LASIK eye surgery for astigmatism. You might think laser eye surgery is not an option for astigmatism correction. The fact is, it is possible. Here are a few examples.

Dr. Marjorie Knotts of Knotts Optometry in Indianapolis, Indiana, says that laser eye surgery for astigmatism can be done depending on the combination of the prescription. She notes, “Not all types of astigmatism can be corrected by LASIK, but many forms of astigmatism can be treated—and very successfully so.”

For astigmatism correction, she emphasizes the importance of having a qualified person do a thorough evaluation to make sure you are a candidate for LASIK.

Dr. Ann Groomer Moore of Vision Park Optometry in Raleigh, NC, points out that her own husband is a good example of astigmatism correction using LASIK. She says, “His cylinder was 3.75, which, on the scale of astigmatism, is quite high. And he has done marvelously well. His vision is better corrected than it had been with custom made Toric contact lenses. And, of course, he now enjoys better peripheral vision than he had with glasses.”

We also spoke about LASIK eye surgery and astigmatism with Dr. Callie Enyart of Doctors James & Enyart in Oregon, Wisconsin. She cited an in-house example of a person who got laser eye surgery for successful astigmatism correction. She says, “An employee at our practice had a huge amount of astigmatism, and he is now 20-20 after the procedure.”

Not every person with astigmatism will be a candidate for LASIK surgery. You can find more information at TLC Laser Eye Centers. Or contact TLC for a free consultation of your astigmatism.


*The statements expressed in the video are not official statements by TLC Laser Eye Center but the views and opinions of each individual doctor. LASIK, like any other surgical procedure, has risks of complications and should be discussed with your eye care provider.

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