Can LASIK fix astigmatism?

In this video, Dr. Bennett Chotiner explains if LASIK can fix astigmatism.

Astigmatism means that the shape of the cornea, the part of the eye that we see through, is not a perfect sphere. Instead it is an asymmetrical shape.

For example, if you took a cross-section through a basketball, any cross-section will have the same curve. However, if you took a cross-section through a football, one curve would be different from the other depending on how you took it. That’s basically what astigmatism is. The cornea does not have a perfect spherical shape.

The lasers that we use have the ability to correct astigmatism. The use of ultra precise lasers for eye treatments such as the lasik procedure can make a huge difference to astigmatism patients.

Lasik eye surgery is an effective laser assisted surgery that can help to fix common vision problems, from nearsightedness or farsightedness, helping those wearing glasses and contact lenses to see better.

By fixing the front surface of the eye, lasik can fix astigmatism in-turn, eliminating vision problems.

And in fact, the lasers that we use can correct higher levels of astigmatism than most other lasers, which are in use worldwide.

If you want to know more about whether you’re a candidate for laser eye surgery, please take our quick self-test today to see if you qualify.

We offer a free consultation too. Whether you have any questions, or wish to book your consultation, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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Dr. Bennett Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.


Dr. Bennett Chotiner is the founder and medical director of Memorial Eye Institute. A noted innovator, in 1977 he established his clinical practice, the Pennsylvania Eye Associates. In 1984, he established the Pennsylvania Eye Surgery Center, Pennsylvania’s first …

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Dr. Erik A Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.


Erik Chotiner, M.D. diagnoses and treats a wide range of medical eye conditions. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Chotiner attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he received multiple awards including the Physiology Prize for …

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