Astigmatism is an incredibly common refractive error. Fortunately, it can be easily corrected.
To correct blurry vision caused by astigmatism, you can either buy visual aids or invest in vision correction surgery. Both are simple and straightforward, and have different advantages.
Keep reading to learn the simplest way to get rid of astigmatism!
Are Glasses & Contacts Worth It?
Glasses are the simplest solution to correct blurry vision caused by astigmatism. They sit on your face, in front of your eyes, so the lenses can adjust the light that passes through them.
After you are diagnosed and get a prescription, you can choose a glasses style that suits you. The most apparent downside to glasses is that they will alter your look.
You may not like how glasses look on you, and they can also get in the way of daily activities. If you like running, swimming, or playing sports, glasses can be a hassle.
Contacts are a way of correcting vision that can reduce some of the hurdles of glasses. They are tiny lenses that fit directly over your cornea.
This makes them all but invisible, so you don’t have to compromise on fashion. They are also less likely to fall off your face, so contact lenses may be a better option if you are very active.
The biggest problem with contacts is that they need to be replaced regularly as well as regularly cleaned and maintained. Every night you have to remove them and soak them in contact lens solution.
Will Refractive Surgery Help Me?
Another option to correct astigmatism is refractive surgery. There are many different kinds of refractive surgery.
The most popular method of refractive surgery is LASIK. LASIK targets the cause of astigmatism: the shape of your cornea.
Irregularly shaped corneas can cause blurry vision. Using lasers and powerful computer software, your eye surgeon can quickly and permanently reshape the tissue.
LASIK surgery and recovery are relatively short. LASIK has an incredibly high patient satisfaction rate.
The secret to the success of LASIK is the research and technology behind it.
What Happens During LASIK?
First, your LASIK surgeon will numb your eye with drops. Then, your LASIK surgeon uses a special laser to open a flap in the top layer of your cornea.
Your eye surgeon will then use a second laser to carefully remove corneal tissue from the middle layer. With custom LASIK, this laser is guided by a computer that maps out the unique imperfections of your cornea.
Once the cornea has been reshaped, your LASIK surgeon will replace the flap in your cornea. You won’t need stitches after LASIK because the tissue reattaches to itself very quickly.
Your LASIK surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions to help ensure your recovery goes smoothly. They may also prescribe you eye drops.
It is essential to take these eye drops as directed in order to prevent possible complications.
Do you need help deciding the best way to correct your astigmatism? Schedule an appointment at Stahl Eyecare Experts in Garden City, NY, today!