Who Is a Candidate For Astigmatism LASIK Surgery?
LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is FDA-approved to treat low to very high levels of astigmatism by reshaping your cornea. It does this by making the front surface of your cornea regular or smooth like the shape of a tennis ball.
LASIK can treat up to 8 diopters of astigmatism. One can also have nearsighted, farsightedness and presbyopia that can be treated at the same time as their astigmatism.
LASIK surgery is a viable option for most patients with astigmatism. However, certain conditions may disqualify you from LASIK. If a patient has keratoconus or its precursor LASIK should not be performed. If your glasses correction is actively changing one should hold off on refractive surgery. If one has active eye disease they also should hold off on having any eye surgery.