What is astigmatism?
Research shows that 1 in 3 people suffers from astigmatism, which means that the surface of their cornea does not have the same curvature in every direction. This means that the light rays entering the eye through the cornea converge at several focus points that are more like an oval instead of a circle. Ophthalmologists express astigmatism as a cylindrical value (e.g. -2 dioptres) and an axis between 0 and 180 degrees. By performing laser eye surgery for astigmatism, the surgeon reshapes the cornea, giving it a regular, circular shape again.
Laser eye surgery for astigmatism can be performed up to -4 dioptres, in some cases even higher. The result of the preliminary examination will give you a decisive answer. Many patients with a cylindrical aberration also suffer from some degree of farsightedness or nearsightedness. Laser eye surgery can treat all refractive errors in the same surgery, astigmatism as well as nearsightedness or farsightedness.
Living without glasses or lenses
You no longer want to be dependent on glasses or contact lenses? Than it is imperative to not only treat far- or nearsightedness, but astigmatism as well. This can be done by laser eye surgery or by toric intraocular lenses. This type of lenses compensates the shape of the cornea.
Intraocular lenses are a very efficient, safe and common way to treat astigmatism up to -6 dioptres. Would you like to learn more about refractive lens exchange or laser eye surgery for astigmatism? Do not hesitate to contact us. If you want to schedule an appointment at once, you can call +32 16 585958.