LASIK surgery may be an option for many people with astigmatism. During LASIK surgery, the surgeon uses a laser to reshape the cornea. By doing this, the eye care professional can sculpt your cornea to a more spherical shape and fix the refractive error that causes astigmatism.
This surgical procedure involves making shallow cuts into the cornea to relax the steepest curves. These shallow cuts are typically called limbal relaxing incisions. Astigmatic keratotomy is effective, but laser surgery might be the better option for higher degrees of astigmatism.
Astigmatism-Correcting Cataract Surgery
If you have begun to develop cataracts, ask your doctor if and when cataract surgery may be right for you, and whether astigmatism-correcting intraocular lenses (IOLs) are an option. IOLs replace the eye's natural lens and can potentially correct both astigmatism and cataracts at the same time.