Question: I was wondering what laser eye surgery treatments are available for irregular astigmatism. I have approximately 1 diopter of myopia myopia with approximately 2.75 diopters of astigmatism. I have to wear rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses because spectacles don't correct my vision adequately. Also I have had previous cataract surgery. Does that stop me from having any corneal surgery or will it harm the results?
Answer: The simple answer to your question is that Custom Wavefront LASIK is often used to correct irregular astigmatism. However, it is quite important to first determine why you have the irregular astigmatism. If you had the irregular astigmatism because of some serious trauma to the eye or perhaps an infection-and it resulted in scarring-this may or may not pose a problem in having Laser Vision Correction. If the irregular astigmatism is due to some underlying eye health issue, particularly some corneal disease or degeneration, this would be a problem for having Laser Eye Surgery for astigmatism correction. If the irregular astigmatism were a side effect of the cataract surgery, and were stable, then it is quite possible that Custom Wavefront Laser Eye Surgery could be used to correct the astigmatism. And-there are several other clinical questions that need to be investigated and answered. As you can see the answer to your possible options really depends on having a thorough evaluation and consultation with the best LASIK Surgeon in your area who is also preferably a top Cataract Surgeon. Your next step is to schedule a consultation so a Cataract and Refractive Surgeon can examine you and walk you through your possible options.
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