Astigmatism correction with LASIK in Michigan By William Goldstein on December 12, 2011


Dr. Goldstein was recently asked if astigmatism could be corrected using LASIK surgery in MIchigan. The question was posed by a patient who said that their optometrist told them that because of their astigmatism, they were not a candidate for surgery. The answer is "Yes! Almost all patients who have astigmatism can have successful LASIK surgery".

It is a common misconception that astigmatism is a mysterious disease of the eye, progressive and uncorrectable. In fact, astigmatism is simply a refractive error of the eye, just like nearsightedness and farsightedness. Astigmatism means that the cornea or front of the eye is curved more like a football, not like a basket ball. Astigmatism can be corrected using LASIK, LRI incisions, or using toric lens implants during cataract surgery or ReLEx surgery.

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