Clear Days Ahead: Treatments for Astigmatism

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At Maple Eye and Laser Center, we offer numerous treatments for patients who are suffering from astigmatism, a common refractive error that results from an abnormal curvature of the cornea. This abnormal shape interferes with a person’s ability to focus clearly, causing general blurriness at all distances. Astigmatism often accompanies either myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness). Some people are born with astigmatism; however, others develop the visual error as a result of injury, trauma, or a condition affecting their ocular health.

World-class blade-free LASIK is just one of several treatments for astigmatism available at our White Plains, NY eye care center. We invite you to schedule your initial appointment at Maple Eye and Laser Center today to learn more about your astigmatism treatment options.

Common Symptoms of Astigmatism

Astigmatism produces several recognizable symptoms, including:
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye strain
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty reading small print
  • The need to squint to see clearly
  • Double vision
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, it is vital that you have your eyes checked immediately.

Treating Astigmatism

Fortunately, like myopia and hyperopia, astigmatism can easily be treated at our eye care center. Treatment options for astigmatism include:
  • Blade-free custom LASIK: A highly precise excimer laser is used to ablate tissue in order to correct the abnormal curvature of the cornea, thereby restoring its ability to focus. Our use of wavefront technology to measure the flaws in the shape of the cornea allows us to detect even the smallest imperfections, resulting in a truly customized procedure. Further, the use of a laser rather than the traditional microkeratome blade in the creation of the corneal flap associated with LASIK helps to reduce the risk of post-operative complications.
  • PRK: This alternative to LASIK allows for the surgical correction of astigmatism without the need to create a corneal flap. While the recovery period is therefore somewhat lengthier, the procedure produces equally good results and is suitable for patients whose thin corneas might preclude them from undergoing LASIK.
  • Contact lenses: Toric contact lenses are often used to treat astigmatism as they are specially designed to address the abnormal curvature of the cornea.
During your initial consultation, one of our doctors will discuss each of your treatment options with you to help you determine which is best suited to your particular case. You will also undergo a thorough eye exam, during which corneal topography will be performed. This test will construct a detailed map of your cornea, which will gauge the severity of your astigmatism.

Before recommending any treatment, you will be carefully screened to ensure your candidacy. The success of any procedure is largely dependent upon your being a suitable candidate for that procedure.

Learn More about the Available Treatments for Astigmatism

If you would like to learn more about the available treatments for astigmatism, or you wish to schedule your initial consultation with one of our esteemed ophthalmologists, please contact Maple Eye and Laser Center today. We would be pleased to assist you in any way that we can.