Often mispronounced and widely misunderstood, astigmatism is a common refractive error that is simply a problem with how the eye focuses light. While the curvature of a normal cornea is uniform and usually round and spherical, like the shape of a basketball, patients with astigmatism have a cornea that is typically shaped like a football. Instead of light coming to a single focus on the retina to produce clear vision, multiple focus points occur, which can result in blurry or distorted vision.
Although many people believe astigmatism makes them ineligible for LASIK, the procedure can still be a safe and effective method of vision correction. The type and severity of your astigmatism are factors your doctor will examine to determine if LASIK eye surgery will be beneficial to you. In some situations, people with astigmatism should not have LASIK because a successful outcome is more likely with a different procedure.
Contact Price Vision Group at 800-317-EYES to for more information about LASIK.