Of course, one of the most common questions is whether astigmatism is correctable with surgery. That's a pretty broad question because of the different types of eye surgery available today.
Some work better for astigmatism than others. While some are not suitable in the 21st century at all.
So we have compiled the ultimate Wiki around laser eye surgery for astigmatism.
What Is Astigmatism Surgery?
Astigmatism eye surgery is the procedure where an eye doctor corrects corneal astigmatism or lenticular astigmatism with a surgical procedure.
Astigmatism surgery is not the same like laser eye surgery. There are different types of astigmatism surgery available.
Laser surgery is just one of the most commonly known astigmatism eye surgery options.
You type of astigmatism does affect the type of surgery procedure available. Because not all astigmatism surgery correction is suitable for all types of astigmatism.
So astigmatism surgery options include; LASIK, LASEK, PRK, and others that we discuss below.
One thing you won't find on this page; an astigmatism surgery video. For that, you'll have to go to YouTube and search.
We do not feel that it is appropriate to post videos of the procedure. Because a video of astigmatism surgery can be a totally different procedure than you require. Therefore your impression and information gathering may be influenced.
Fact is that an astigmatism surgery video does have the ability to influence your research phase as to how astigmatism and surgery can or would affect your life.
So this page discusses that types of astigmatism eye surgery available. You will learn what types of eye surgery or laser eye surgery for astigmatism may be most suited for your case.
Plus, you'll discover what surgery procedure and risk may apply to you. For example, how does high astigmatism surgery differ from other another astigmatism surgery procedure?
Of course, the types of surgery and laser surgeries available each come with a different cost. Not just the money, but also the risks you are taking.
All of that is on this page.
So surgery for astigmatism is a vast topic. We live in an age where LASIK surgery and astigmatism have become so intertwined that some people are already considering astigmatism surgery for toddlers.
If that's you, please read every word on this page because the risks involved may be suppressed by your provider.
Surgery should be the last resort for most people. But for children and toddlers, it shouldn't even be discussed.
Surgery For Types Of Astigmatism
Of course, not all types of surgery are useful for all types of astigmatism. So let's have a look which astigmatism type matches up...
Obviously, this is just a general guide. For a detailed analysis of your situation with your eyes, you need to see a proper licensed local eye care professional that can assess your needs.
This site is not able to provide you with any medical advice since we haven't met you, and can't assess your specific needs. Just had to say this to keep the lawyers happy...
Myopic and Hyperopic Astigmatism Surgery
LASIK, PRK, and LASEK will most likely work for both conditions. All of the procedure reshape the cornea to correct the refractive error of astigmatism.
LASIK is not the best option for high astigmatism or severe astigmatism.
LASIK is best for mild cases. PRK or LASEK, which are very similar procedures, are most suitable for mild to moderate astigmatism.
These are fairly established types of eye surgery. There are no new astigmatism surgery types that have surfaced.
Astigmatism Surgery For High And Severe Lenticular Astigmatism
If the high or severe astigmatism is due to lenticular astigmatism, so because of a lens distortion, you may be forced to exchange the lens. The procedure is called refractive lens exchange (RLE).
In this case, the cornea is cut open to access the lens. The lens will be removed and a new one inserted. It's very similar to permanently implanting contact lenses into the eye.
The problem is that when the refractive error changes, you can't just change your prescription. You won't be able to redo the surgery easily.
So if a refractive error reoccurs, you will be left with astigmatism lenses and glasses again.
Astigmatism Surgery For High And Severe Corneal Astigmatism
Let's discuss when astigmatism is due to an extreme distortion of the cornea. Probably your best option will be AK or LRI (Astigmatic Keratotomy).
This is not a type of laser surgery. It's a manual job during which the surgeon reshapes the extreme distortion of the cornea. The surgeon cuts the cornea with one or more incisions to allow the cornea to reshape.
This type of surgery can be combined with LASIK, LASEK, and PRK.
Astigmatism Surgery For Irregular Astigmatism
For irregular astigmatism, so with more than one corneal distortion, you will likely require more than one procedure. You will probably need a combination of AK/LRI and PRK or LASEK to get the job done.
Types Of Astigmatism Surgery
The question is often what surgery for astigmatism is most advisable. As stated above, this is a general guide.
Which eye surgery for astigmatism you need in your specific case will have to be determined by an eye specialist who can do an astigmatism test for your eyes locally. This page is general information. It's not meant to be medical advice.
So the question on the mind of so many website visitors is; can astigmatism be corrected with surgery? Or can astigmatism be corrected with laser surgery?
That depends on the type of astigmatism. And it depends if you can have surgery in your situation at all. Again, that's a case to work out with your local healthcare provider.
So, in most cases, eye surgery can be done for astigmatism. The question is, what procedure is right for you. Let's explore the options available.
Laser Eye Surgery
How effective is laser eye surgery for astigmatism? That depends on what type of laser eye surgery for which type of astigmatism.
Because there are multiple types of laser eye surgery for astigmatism available. And if they will work with your type of condition is what you have to figure out.
Once you know your type of astigmatism and the severity of your condition, you can explore what type of laser eye surgery can work with astigmatism in your case.
So here are the types of laser eye surgery that you can get for astigmatism and how suitable they are for you.
Can A Person With Astigmatism Get LASIK Surgery?
A person with astigmatism can have LASIK surgery if you have astigmatism in a suitable range. Usually, only mild types of astigmatism can be corrected with LASIK effectively. More severe types will need some other type of surgical procedure as well.
So LASIK surgery for astigmatism is good when you have mild astigmatism. Or when you have astigmatism with nearsightedness or farsightedness combined. In that case, you can have one procedure that does work for all conditions at once.
How Does LASIK Help With Astigmatism?
LASIK eye surgery works for astigmatism by reshaping the cornea. It works on astigmatism by cutting a flap of the cornea open and then reshaping the cornea to correct the corneal distortion.
So you can get LASIK eye surgery with astigmatism, and it will correct your refractive error. But it will not fix astigmatism altogether.
Because astigmatism can be corrected with LASIK surgery the same way it can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. But it will not be fixed or cured.
If you have astigmatism, you have underlying root causes that created the distortion. These root causes can only go away if you eliminate them. A simple astigmatism LASIK surgery can only reshape the lens.
But it is very possible that the root causes can bring back astigmatism in the same way that you need stronger glasses over time.
So LASIK eye surgery for astigmatism comes at a price. The price you pay is that you alter the shape of your eye or cornea permanently, even though it is possible that the condition returns.
Meaning you have risked all the side-effects for nothing. Because in over 50% of all cases you will be left with wearing glasses again. For the same condition.
Because the LASIK eye surgery for astigmatism has not worked on the root causes. The procedure is only effective long-term if you remove the root causes at the same time.
Some people do that by coincident. But most people will have to do that at the same time.
Check out our 'Start Here' page and the Pure Vision Method™ for details.
How High Can Your Astigmatism Be For LASIK?
There is LASIK eye surgery for astigmatism and it will work for most mild cases. For astigmatism and LASIK eye surgery to work well, the correction required should be minimal.
If you have high or severe astigmatism and wish to use LASIK surgery, you will likely have to substitute the procedure with another type of surgery for better results.
PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy):
So, progressing on to PRK surgery for astigmatism. It's a type of laser surgery for astigmatism that is most suitable for mild to moderate astigmatism. It is possible to correct high astigmatism with PRK. But it usually requires additional procedures.
So it's a type of surgery that is effective to astigmatism because it reshapes the cornea. There is a cool pulsing UV laser beam that does the reshaping.
But the same applies like with LASIK. Someone with astigmatism can get much better through the procedure. But astigmatism can only be corrected. There is no way for the surgery to remove the true root causes.
So you can have a successful correction. But get the same condition back within a short period of time.
Astigmatism LASEK surgery is similar to PRK. It is suitable and effective for mild to moderate astigmatism as well. So someone with mild to moderate regular astigmatism can have LASEK effective results.
During LASEK does work for astigmatism because the surgeon cuts into the cornea. Then he uses alcohol to loosen up cells underneath the cornea. Lastly, the cool pulsating laser beam makes it possible to reshape the cornea.
Again, like with the other procedures, astigmatism can go away. But the surgery does work for a period of time only if the root causes still linger around.
RLE (Refractive Lens Exchange):
This type of astigmatism surgery exchanges the lens. It replaces the intraocular lens (astigmatism IOL surgery) just like it's done during cataract surgery.
This type of astigmatism refractive surgery is most suitable and effective for strong lenticular astigmatism. In fact, it is only possible to correct lenticular astigmatism with this procedure.
Because someone with corneal astigmatism needs to get the cornea reshaped to correct the condition. So with lens replacement, lenticular astigmatism can go away.
If there is any corneal distortion present as well, someone with astigmatism needs to get more than one procedure to correct the cornea as well.
As usual, it is a form of astigmatism correction. But it does not fix the root causes for astigmatism. Therefore you will need to work on your eyesight naturally and holistically at the same time.
Otherwise, the likelihood of astigmatism coming back is at nearly 50%.
AK (Astigmatic Keratotomy) or LRI (Limbal Relaxing Incisions):
Astigmatism LRI surgery is a non-laser surgical procedure. It is suitable and effective for strong corneal astigmatism.
Someone with strong corneal astigmatism will get one or two cuts at the most distorted and deformed part of the cornea. These cuts allow the cornea to relax and reshape.
The procedure is only possible for corneal astigmatism. It will not correct the refractive error of lenticular astigmatism.
Usually, especially with irregular astigmatism, the patient will require other procedures with LRI surgery for astigmatism.
Lastly, of course, corneal astigmatism can go away with LRI. But it can as easily come back if someone with astigmatism doesn't work with the root causes as well.
What Type Of Corrective Eye Surgery Is Best For Astigmatism?
That's a common question; which eye surgery is best for astigmatism.
There is no such thing as best eye surgery for astigmatism. Sometimes a type of laser eye surgery is best for astigmatism. In other cases, other types of corrective surgery are better.
Sometimes it's best to us eye surgery for astigmatism that replaces the lens.
For details what the best corrective eye surgery for your astigmatism is, please read above. We discussed in detail what type of surgery is best suitable for each type of astigmatism, and what the different types of eye surgery are.
How Much Does Astigmatism Surgery Cost?
The price of astigmatism surgery varies greatly. The cost is determined by the type of surgery needed, as well as where you live.
For example, astigmatism correction surgery that involves replacing the lens will cost more than LASIK for astigmatism costs.
The location will make a difference. The price for LASIK, laser, or other astigmatism surgery options are different in the UK than in Australia. The price point is different in the Philippines than in NYC.
So how much laser eye surgery cost also depends on the surgeon. It depends on if you need astigmatism surgery with other conditions. For example astigmatism and myopia surgery.
The price for adding on astigmatism LASIK surgery to another procedure will be very different than the cost for only LASIK surgery for astigmatism.
Just avoid astigmatism surgery and the cost altogether.
Plus, you'll get rid of the root causes. So you fix astigmatism and cure it, not merely correct it, so it comes back later on.
And with that, you avoid all the astigmatism surgery risks and side-effects as well.
Seriously, better improve your eyesight naturally than risking your eyesight with a low level, cheap astigmatism surgery provider!
What Are The Risks & Side Effects Of Astigmatism Surgery?
Is astigmatism surgery safe? According to the industry, the risks are minor and complications are rare.
But that's not as accurate as the ophthalmic industry leads us to believe. The risks and complications are more severe and more common than the sales presentation of an eye surgeon will admit.
Plus, the astigmatism surgery recovery time is quite painful, and it is often times longer than you would think. With more complications than the specialist like to admit.
So let's have a look into these areas...
Astigmatism Surgery Risks
Is LASIK Surgery Safe For Astigmatism?
Since LASIK is the type of astigmatism surgery we get most inquiries about, let's start with the risks for LASIK surgery:
Meaning that the surgeon did not cut enough tissue off the cornea. So you don't get a full correction. So you will need another type of refractive astigmatism surgery with one year.
The second procedure is called "enhancement surgery". But it should be called "correct the mistake of the surgeon during the first procedure" surgery...
Because if you don't have the second run, you will still require glasses or astigmatism contact lenses.
The surgeon may also remove too much corneal tissue during the procedure. Should that happen, you may be left with glasses or contact lenses in the other direction. Because fixing overcorrection is very difficult.
3. Vision returning to pre-surgery vision.
Yes! This should not be listed as a risk. It should be listed as an at least 50% probability. Because that is the reality of LASIK eye surgery. At least 50% of patients get the same type of eye condition back that they got treated for.
That's the number the ophthalmic industry and the FDA admit. Imagine the real numbers...
Sure, they put it down to unusual circumstances like pregnancy. But statistically speaking it's hard to argue that 50% of all male patients got pregnant, so they got the same eye condition again...
It's just a procedure that, statistically speaking, doesn't last.
4. Visual loss or changes.
Swept aside as something rare. Meaning only a few patients experience loss of vision, or a change of vision.
When you do a bit of research, it appears that this risk is to be taken more seriously than eye surgeons suggest. Because it appears more common than they like to admit.
Just be aware, the threat is real and does drive people into suicide.
Yeah, I know. That'd be funny if it wasn't just as serious! If the LASIK surgery leaves an uneven corneal surface, you have astigmatism. Again!
Yes! You may come to LASIK surgery to remove astigmatism. And you may leave with astigmatism as a risk and side-effect. That may then require you to do eye surgery, or wear glasses or contacts.
Ironic isn't it? Plus, you'll be worth about $4,236 less... but stuck in the same situation.
6. Flap problems.
During the LASIK procedure, your cornea is cut open and folded up to reshape the corneal tissue underneath that flap. Because the tissue structure underneath has changed, when the flap is put back, the flap can cause issues.
You may get severe infections in your eye. You may be left with excessive tearing of your eyes. Or your eye may inflame after the procedure.
Again, this is more common than stated by eye surgeons. In many cases, you will be left with antibiotic or steroid use for a long time after the procedure. Read up, if it's truly as rare as they say.
7. The outermost corneal tissue layer (epithelium) issues.
The tissue on the outer cornea may grow abnormally. That will lead your cornea to become uneven. Plus, it may lead to all the flap issues discussed in the point above.
So, you may end up with an infected, inflamed eye that tears excessively, that is forming another astigmatism through abnormal growth during the "healing" process.
The problem; now your astigmatism will by irregular and a lot more complicated to correct. Plus, you'll be on all sorts of medication to keep your infection and inflammation at bay.
Astigmatism Surgery Complications & Side Effects
- Glare, halos and double vision.Get prepared for worse night vision. Seeing halos and glare around bright sources of light, especially at night.
Plus, with that often comes double vision (the definition of astigmatism to make optometrists aware to test for it). Yes, the exact symptom of astigmatism you tried to get rid of astigmatism with eye surgery the first place.
- Inhibited night vision.In reduced or dim light conditions you are likely to have more problems seeing than before the surgery. During dawn, dusk, and fog your vision is likely to be a lot worse than before.
- Dry eyes.Because your eyes are brutally kept open for an extended period of time, astigmatism surgery is likely to cause dry eyes. Your production of tears will be greatly diminished.
So for around six months or more you will probably depend on eye drops to keep your dry eyes at a manageable comfort level. Plus, the dry eyes are also likely to make your vision worse after the surgery.
If you suffer from severe dry eyes after the surgery, you may need another surgery for that. One that plugs your tear ducts to stop your tears from running away.
Yes, you are right. It seems like a lot of likely complications. And the solution seems to be more surgery many times over.
Astigmatism Surgery Recovery Time
So you can expect dry eyes for about six months or more. If you have other complications they may drag on for years.
Sure, the normally stated timeframe is relatively short, but complications may arise for a long time after the initial surgery. Plus, the dry eyes for at least six months are a very common side effect.
So get prepared for that.
Health Conditions That Increase The Risks & Complications
Sure, eye surgeons and the ophthalmic industry are quick to point out that certain health conditions will increase the likelihood of risks and complications. So if you have a half-honest doctor with integrity at hand, they may talk you out of LASIK if you are at risk, or if your outcomes are unpredictable.
So, if you have any of the following health conditions and your doctor is not warning you, run for the hills.
These Health Conditions Include:
- Any autoimmune disorder (for example rheumatoid arthritis)
- HIV or another condition that suppressed the immune system
- Dry Eyes
- Hormonal imbalances (especially pregnancy, breastfeeding, or age related)
- Taking medication that causes vision problem side-effects
- Severe eye diseases may complicate procedures (exp: keratoconus, glaucoma, cataract, eye injuries, or eye lid issues)
The risks and side effects of other types of astigmatism surgery are very similar or the same. Most procedures come with the same risks.
If the procedure doesn't involve laser and relies on incisions made by the surgeon, you have to take the risks of human error and wound healing problems into consideration as well.
What's The Success Rate Of Laser Eye Surgery For Astigmatism?
To estimate the true success rate, what timeframe are you looking at? Is it right after the procedure? 6 months in or two years after the surgery was done.
For many procedures, there hasn't been any no long-term studies. Meaning, nobody knows the true success rate of LASIK after 5 years. That's when they stop to count.
So, nobody knows the results after 20 years. For example; are people maybe more likely to get glaucoma after laser eye surgery? How strong is the refractive error in people that had laser eye surgery 12 years after the procedure?
Nobody knows. The FDA approved most of the procedures in the revolving door principle. Meaning that industry insiders went from payroll positions in ophthalmic medical equipment manufacturers that produce laser technology to key positions in the FDA to approve the technology.
Then the rest of the world just followed suit in order to keep up to date with the US medical market. Or in other countries, the regulatory body has similar ties to the industry.
Fact is, the FDA and the ophthalmic industry admit that only about 50% of LASIK eye surgeries last for five years. Meaning that after five years, half of the patients have the same eye problems again.
So in the case of astigmatism surgery; after five years, 50% of the patients are back to wearing glasses or contact lenses for astigmatism. And we don't even know the numbers for just seven years, which could be a lot higher.
So, the long-term success rate, seems very low. The side effects, complications, and risks appear under reported and not as minor as we are lead to believe.
So, is a 50% or less success rate really worth the risks and side effects? Is it really worth thousands of dollars to just be without glasses and contact lenses for five years tops?
You are risking your eyesight...
Especially since there are natural and holistic alternatives that help you to improve your eyesight long-term. Without any side-effects that are risking your vision. The only side effects are more energy, better confidence, greater self-esteem, and being able to focus again.
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Does LASIK, Laser, Or Any Astigmatism Surgery Cure Astigmatism?
The shocking news is that for the cost of surgery for astigmatism, laser surgery or any other type of astigmatism surgery does not fix astigmatism.
So astigmatism can not be cured by or with surgery. But it can be corrected and cured without surgery.
Here's the deal;
If you astigmatism could truly be fixed with laser eye surgery, the astigmatism treatment would last. Not just 50% of the time, but 80 or 90% of the time. For the rest of time...
So, if astigmatism can't be fixed with LASIK or any other type of surgery, how do you treat, correct, cure, and fix astigmatism without surgery?
By working with the root causes of astigmatism.
That's exactly where LASIK, laser, and other astigmatism surgery types fall flat on their face. You can correct the refractive error with eye surgery. But that doesn't treat, cure, or fix the underlying root causes.
Let me give you an example...
Let's say the main reason for your astigmatism is mineral deficiencies. So your cornea doesn't get enough minerals to form a strong, smooth, and even surface. Meaning your cornea distorts.
So you can help astigmatism temporarily by smoothing out the surface. But if you don't make sure that your cornea gets the right type of minerals to form a strong structure, astigmatism will come back.
It's just logical. Because the astigmatism surgery corrected the error. But the root causes will cause the same problem again.
Unless you truly fix what's causing it.
Another example; your lens gets distorted. This time, the root causes are based on your mental and emotional stress. Over the last two years, you had extreme stress. A break-up of some sort, with nasty, deep personal insults.
So your self-esteem has taken a serious beating.
To avoid all the emotional pain, your mind causes a distortion in the lens to blur out the things your emotional brain doesn't want to see.
Now you go for LASIK, laser eye surgery for astigmatism, or any of the other types. Laser eye surgery corrects even severe lenticular astigmatism.
But the emotional pain is still there. Your mind still doesn't want to face that reality.
It simply tries to protect you from emotional damage and pain. So if you don't fix that part of your root causes, guess what, astigmatism will come back.
Of course, LASIK surgery can be done for astigmatism. Laser eye surgery can be done.
They can all help with astigmatism. But only for a period of time. Unless you fix the true root causes at the same time.
Because there is a reason astigmatism appeared in the first place. It didn't manifest out of thin air. God is not punishing you. Life is not punishing you.
It's simply a refractive error that has root causes in your mental/emotional life. It has root causes in your chemical life; the way you nourish your body and how much toxicity is there.
And there are imbalances in your physical life; in your body and eyes.
It's that simple. You have to uncover the root causes and then eliminate them step-by-step, naturally and holistically.
And that's why astigmatism surgery doesn't fix or cure astigmatism.
Because the same root causes will cause the condition again. Unless you change something...
It's the same like a bacterial infection. If you have the bacteria in the blood, it can break out in the skin, or as a lung infection.
So you can treat the symptoms on the skin with some lotion. You can treat the cough to correct the symptoms in the lungs.
But unless you get rid of the bacterial infection on a blood level, the root cause, the bacteria in the blood, will always cause new symptoms. New ways of expressing the same issue.
Astigmatism is just one of these symptoms. The root causes go much deeper.
So, unless you get rid of what's truly causing the condition, the symptom will resurface.
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