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.