Whether you’ve just recently been diagnosed or are just starting to experience symptoms of astigmatism like blurred vision, headaches, and trouble seeing at night, you may be searching for solutions. Prescription eyeglasses and contacts can help treat astigmatism, but if you’re looking for a more permanent solution, it might be time to consider corrective eye surgery with LASIK. Always take the time to visit a doctor for a consultation. Our team of ophthalmologists offer innovative eye surgery and treatments for astigmatism for clients in Michigan and Ohio. The team of trusted physicians at Specialty Eye Institute can help find the right vision solution for you. Give our staff a call by phone at (877) 852-8463 to schedule an appointment.
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What is Astigmatism?
The cornea, which focuses light that comes into the eyes, should be spherical. The light should refract evenly and focus incoming light exactly on the retina. A cornea with astigmatism is irregularly shaped like an oval. This shape results in light refracting unevenly and not on the retina. This causes blurry vision and other symptoms.
This curve can change over time, meaning your astigmatism diagnosis can also change. This is one reason why it is so important to stay proactive about your eye health and attend annual eye exams. Our doctors offer exceptional eye surgery and treatments for astigmatism. We are committed to helping you improve your vision and eye health.
Did You Know?
1 in 3 people has some type of astigmatism! Mild astigmatism is the most common and does not cause vision problems. Vision problems emerge only when astigmatism is diagnosed with a refractive error as well.
Astigmatism is diagnosed during a routine eye exam. You’ll want to schedule an appointment with our team of ophthalmologists and doctors if you experience symptoms such as frequent headaches, blurry vision, trouble seeing in the dark, eyestrain, or fatigue. Our team of doctors offer safe and reliable eye surgery for astigmatism in areas such as Adrian, Jackson, Toledo, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, and Kalamazoo. Our doctors will perform a diagnosis to determine the source of your symptoms. We will develop a custom eye care solution to eliminate or alleviate the symptoms of astigmatism.
Ways to Diagnose Astigmatism
This test determines how well you can see objects at a distance. You will be placed 20 feet from a chart and, using one eye at a time, attempt to read the letters on each line. Each line on the chart gets smaller. When you can no longer read the chart, you’ll receive a measurement.
In this test, a beam of light is directed at the eye to measure the reflection. The results determine the type of astigmatism and are used to get correctly fitting lenses.
In this test, you will look at a chart through different strength lenses to see how light focuses in the eye. It can either be in front of, on, or behind the retina. The results determine the kind of refractive error.
Common Refractive Errors
Refractive errors impact the light that comes into the eye. Two common refractive errors that cause vision problems include myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness).
- Light focuses in front of the retina
- Difficulty seeing objects that are far away
- Blurry vision
- Light focuses behind the retina
- Difficulty seeing objects close by
- Blurry vision
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LASIK Eye Surgery for Astigmatism
Prescription glasses and contacts can help vision issues caused by a combination of astigmatism and refractive errors. However, they come with their own drawbacks. While wearing glasses, you have a limited field of vision, and they can be tough to wear while exercising, not to mention they get dirty easily. Contacts require constant cleaning and need to be taken out.
If you’re looking for ways to improve your astigmatism or a lifestyle change, you might be a candidate for LASIK eye surgery. LASIK surgery is utilized to change the shape of your irregular cornea which causes astigmatism, allowing light to focus correctly. We offer astigmatism treatments to clients in areas such as Chelsea, Jackson, Ann Arbor, Toledo, Battle Creek, and Kalamazoo. Our team of ophthalmologists provide accurate and safe eye surgery that is designed to eliminate or reduce symptoms that are caused by astigmatism.
The Benefits of Receiving LASIK Eye Surgery
Freedom From Glasses and Contacts
Eye surgery allows you the flexibility to leave the glasses and contacts at home.
LASIK eye surgery for astigmatism is minimally invasive and takes about a half-hour, including the time it takes to prep the eyes for surgery.
Resume your daily activities within a few days. Some see improvement within a few hours of surgery.
Most patients are prescribed antibiotic eye drops to prevent infection and lubricating drops to help with dry eye symptoms.
LASIK Eye Surgery for Astigmatism
For clearer vision, trust the eye care specialists at Specialty Eye Institute. Our team of experts is here to discuss options and find the right plan for you. Our staff of ophthalmologists offer LASIK eye surgery for astigmatism for clients in areas such as Jackson, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Toledo, Adrian, Kalamazoo, and Chelsea. In addition, our doctors provide other types of eye care solutions such as refractive lens exchange treatments, LASIK eye surgery, retinal detachment treatments, and cataract surgery. Our doctors will perform a diagnosis and perform treatments to improve your vision.