Astigmatism affects about 30% of the population, and is easy for your eye specialist to diagnose. The Optilase team will help you correctly diagnose the problem, and will then explain your options on how to correct it.
The word astigmatism comes from the Greek "a" meaning "without" and "stigma" meaning "spot."
For you to be able to see clearly and sharply, your eye must be able to focus light into a single plane onto the back of the eye at the retina. In people who have astigmatism, a point (or spot) of light is focused instead at two different planes, which then causes blurred vision.
Your eye should have only one focus for all the rays of light entering it. If you have astigmatism, light rays propagate in two perpendicular planes, each of which has different foci.
In an eye without astigmatism, the surface of the cornea is shaped like a Ping-Pong ball, where all the curves are the same. This is called a spherical surface.
In an eye with astigmatism, the surface of the cornea is shaped more like a rugby ball, where there are two different surface curves located 90 degrees apart. This is called a toric surface.
Astigmatism doesn’t have any recognised ‘cause’ per se, but it’s an anatomical imperfection in the shape of the cornea, where the front curvature of the cornea is toric, rather than spherical.
Many people have a small amount of odd curve to their cornea; very minor astigmatisms are common. It’s often present at birth or has its onset during childhood or young adulthood. There can be some hereditary basis to most cases, and most people who have it, do so in both eyes.
Importantly, astigmatism is often associated with myopia (near-sightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness), and can get worse over the years.
There are different degrees of astigmatism; your Optilase Optometrist will help you determine the details of yours. For example, in usual (‘regular’) astigmatism the meridians in which lie two different curves are located 90 degrees apart; this is fairly common.
In irregular astigmatism, the two meridians may be located at something other than 90 degrees apart, or there are more than two meridians.
If you’ve ever had a bad eye injury or infection and developed a scar in the cornea as a result; or ever suffered from an eye disease called keratoconus; you have astigmatism-probably the irregular kind.
You may be a candidate for Laser Eye Surgery to correct your vision problems; just call Optilase on +353 1 223 8821 to book a free consultation to find out.
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I have been wearing glasses for over 20 years. I always hated wearing contact lenses and I got to a time in my life that I needed a change. A friend recommended optilase, I went for the free consultation and the person that did all the exams was really nice and I felt safe and confident enough to go ahead, I was recommended the PRK. I Put on a piece of paper how much I spent and would still spend on glasses for the next 10 years, and the surgery was for sure cheaper than that. My prescription was very high, both eyes, myopia and astigmatism Optilase provided all the information I needed, in clear manner. And they always made clear that there was nothing wrong with my eyes, it was my own choice to go for the surgery. The day of the surgery I was a bit nervous, who wouldn't? But then, from the reception to the surgeon, they were all so nice and welcoming. Hernandez performed the procedure, lovely surgeon, again all information was provided the way it should. I was instructed in what I should and should not do. The actual procedure took less than 15min, I felt nothing, no discomfort or anything. The whole process is very well done by the team, if I remember well around 3 people supporting the surgery plus one other girl providing pos surgery instructions. Right after the procedure I could already see much better than before without glasses! I couldn't believe it, I cried, thanked everyone and left the clinic knowing that I made the best choice. The recovery for PRK is a bit longer, I stayed for 2 full days no phones, or any screens. In the dark. If you have a little one, I would recommend to have someone minding them, as you are very limited in what you can do for the day of and day after surgery. It is hard to open the eyes, the second day after surgery was the toughest, I thought all went wrong as the vision got worst, but again I was advised it could happen. Note that this was my experience and could be different for other people. The 3rd day I felt nothing and could see much better already. Light sensitivity was very high, and still, 6 days after surgery, but nothing that a sun glasses would not help. My vision still blurred, but I need no glasses to see, my eyes feel dry sometimes, but the eye drops provided helps with it and and am very happy with the results already, even knowing it takes a bit longer to fully recover the vision. I'm back to work (screen at 200% to make sure I dont force my eyes too much) and I have had no headaches or anything, which I would have all the time looking at screens for most of my day. I cannot recommend Optilase enough, they are amazing! If you want to do something for your self and want a place you can trust, go for it, choose Optilase. Thanks to the whole team for one of the best things I did for my self!
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Surgeon was great! Talked me through everything as the surgery was happening. Bit of discomfort during surgery and very painful for 2-3 hrs after but put more drops in and took a nap and then completely fine after. Colette for my consultation and post op was so friendly and helpful. Overall, great experience.
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