Kremer Eye Center Blog
Vision Correction with Astigmatism
January 9, 2019
Astigmatism is one of the most common vision conditions. Caused by an irregularly shaped cornea, this refractive error results in blurred eyesight for those that have it. Contact lenses and glasses can temporarily correct this issue, but LASIK and Visian Toric ICL (Implantable Contact Lenses) can offer permanent vision correction for astigmatism.
For more information about these innovative procedures and how they improve your eyesight, here’s what you need to know about LASIK and Visian Toric ICL for astigmatism.
LASIK for Astigmatism
LASIK is designed to help patients see as clearly as possible. Using advanced technologies, this option provides customized treatments for each patient, so you can get the specific results you need.
The surgery only takes a few minutes to complete for each eye. When you go in for your procedure, the surgeon administers eye drops to sanitize your eyes and minimize any discomfort you may feel. Then, they’ll use a bladeless laser to create a small flap in the cornea that’s then lifted to reveal the corneal tissue underneath. After that, they’ll use a cool-beam laser to apply your customized treatment and reshape your cornea to the correct curvature. Once that’s complete, the flap is placed back down.
LASIK for astigmatism takes just a few minutes to complete with each eye, and many people start to notice improved eyesight as early as the morning after.
While this surgery can be a fantastic option for those with astigmatism, not all patients will qualify for the procedure. Typically, those who do qualify for LASIK are 18 years of age or older and have good eye health. Ideal candidates should also have eyesight that has not changed in the past two years.
To see if you’re a good candidate for LASIK, you’ll need to talk to your doctor.
Visian Toric ICL
If you don’t qualify for LASIK, Visian Toric ICL can be the astigmatism vision correction solution for you. Visian Toric ICL is a cutting-edge implantable contact lens designed to help those with moderate to high levels of myopia and astigmatism see clearly.
When you go in for your procedure, the surgeon will create a small opening at the base of the cornea to help position the lens when it’s implanted. After that, a gel-like substance is placed inside the eye for protection. From there, the lens is implanted into the eye, correcting your astigmatism.
Visian Toric ICL is a permanent solution for astigmatism. However, if your vision does change in the future, the lens can be removed and replaced to maintain your crystal-clear eyesight. On top of that, this implantable lens offers anti-reflectivity for enhanced night vision and UV protection.
Above all, Visian Toric ICL can be a viable option for more people, making it an ideal alternative for many that are not good candidates for LASIK. With this, those with dry eyes, thin corneas, and high refractive errors can get the clear eyesight they need, as well.
If you have astigmatism and are tired of dealing with contact lenses and glasses, LASIK and Visian Toric ICL can give you the long-lasting clear eyesight you need. Learn more about these vision correction options and schedule a consultation at Kremer Eye Center today!