LASIK Can Improve Astigmatic Vision
For patients who have spent years relying on glasses and contact lenses to clear and focus their vision, LASIK surgery offers the promise of long-term vision correction. This laser eye surgery treats vision impairment by addressing the source of the problem. LASIK surgery reshapes the cornea in order to correct the way that it refracts light. As a result, patients benefit from crisper vison and often no longer require the use of prescription lenses. One of the great benefits of LASIK is that it is suitable for all types of vision impairment, including astigmatism. LASIK for astigmatism can improve vision for our Monmouth County patients and allow them the freedom to live without constant attachment to prescription glasses.
LASIK surgery is personalized to suit the unique needs of each patient, so it is a viable treatment option whether a patient is suffering from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism (in which vision is generally blurry, at both distances near and far). However, there are a few requirements that a patient must meet in order to be considered an ideal LASIK candidate. First, the patient must be at least 18 years or older. This is to ensure that the eyes have fully grown. Second, the patient must have an eye prescription that has remained stable for at least a year. Again, this is to ensure that the eye is not still growing and changing. Finally, the patient must not suffer from any other degenerative eye conditions and should not be pregnant or nursing at the time of treatment.
The LASIK procedure is quick and only requires a few minutes per eye. Dr. Daniel Goldberg uses an all-laser technique, along with wavefront technology, to further enhance the accuracy and success of treatment. The procedure will begin with the formation of a small flap on the surface of the cornea. This flap is created using a powerful femtosecond laser. This flap will then be lifted and a Wavelight excimer laser will be used to alter the shape of the cornea.
In patients who suffer from astigmatism, the cornea is often more oblong in shape (similar to a football), rather than spherical. This causes light to focus on multiple points of the eye, rather than on a single focal point. The result is unclear, blurry vision at all distances. When patients are undergoing LASIK to correct astigmatism, Dr. Goldberg will either flatten or steepen the cornea so that it will become more round in shape and allow light to be properly focused at the back of the eye. Rather than the temporary solution for astigmatism that is offered by glasses and contact lenses, the effects of LASIK are long-lasting and provide patients with overwhelmingly successful vision improvement results.
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If you suffer from vision impairment and are looking for a solution that is more permanent and convenient than prescription lenses, you should consider LASIK surgery. Dr. Daniel Goldberg would be happy to discuss the LASIK procedure with you and determine if you are an ideal candidate for treatment. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to find out more. We look forward to hearing from you.