Laser Eye Surgery Astigmatism

Doctors often find the need to prescribe corrective eye surgery to their patients, this is usually in cases where other forms of non-invasive treatments have failed or for cases that are so far advanced that only surgery can help. Where a patient has been getting constant attention, several methods would have been used such as eye ointments and sometimes, corrective lenses before eye surgery is suggested. Surgery is usually to correct or treat cases like cataracts, near sightedness and astigmatism, amongst others.

Laser Eye Surgery Astigmatism

What is Laser Eye Surgery Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a very interesting eye condition because it is different from the other known conditions; it is neither short sightedness nor long sightedness but a combination of the two.  This condition is one that usually plagues a patient from birth and when a person is diagnosed as astigmatic it means that the cornea is not spherical in shape like in most people, but is elliptical.  This affects the way light rays enter the eye and also the person’s vision.

This condition can cause a lot of discomfort with frequent headaches, squinting and in some cases, intense stomach ache.  While it is possible to use glasses or contact lenses prescribed by the doctor, the only way to truly cure astigmatism is through surgery.  Although there is a more traditional method of treating astigmatism, one which has experienced a lot of popularity in recent times due to its success rate is laser eye surgery astigmatism.

Laser Eye Surgery Astigmatism Procedure

LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) has become the preferred means of treating astigmatism.  It is effective and takes less time to perform and for the patient to recover.  This is a huge plus with patients.  Although LASIK is used in treating other eye defects, it is also recommended for people with astigmatism.

The procedure is fairly straightforward.  The eye surgeon makes a small cut in the top layer of the cornea.  This part is folded back so that the surgeon can get access to the middle layer of the cornea.  After which laser light is focused on that part so that it reshapes the cornea to a more spherical shape.  The use of laser at this point is usually guided by a computer for precision.  The whole process is less than 30 minutes and painless because an anaesthetic would have been applied to the eyes before the process begins.  After the laser surgery, a protective contact lens is used to protect the cornea and then antibiotic drops are used on the eyes for a certain period which is usually about a month.

It is important to note that although LASIK is the preferred means of laser surgery, it is not the only one as there are several types of laser eye surgery astigmatism and also for other eye defects including Orthokeratoplasty and Astigmatic Keratoplasty amongst others.  Another which is gradually gaining popularity is LASEK (Laser Assisted Sub-Epithelial Keratomileusis).  This is usually recommended for patients who have thin corneas and might not be suitable candidates for LASIK.

Costs of Laser Eye Surgery Astigmatism

The costs of laser eye surgery in the UK depend a lot on the type of clinic-private clinics cost more-and also the experience and training of the surgeon.  Typically, the cost is set per eye and ranges from £395 per eye for LASIK surgeries to £1400 per eye.  LASEK surgery can be as high as £1300 per eye.