Treatment Options for Astigmatism
The most common way to treat astigmatism is with corrective eyewear (glasses or contact lenses). There are surgical options as well, such as astigmatism-correcting cataract surgery, LASIK surgery or small, shallow incisions on the edges of your cornea, called keratotomy.
Astigmatism: Contacts and Glasses
Glasses or toric contact lenses can correct vision problems caused by astigmatism. However, they cannot lessen or cure the irregular curve of the cornea that causes your blurry vision.
The primary surgical procedures that can correct astigmatism are cataract surgery, LASIK and keratotomy.
How Much Will It Cost to Diagnose and Treat My Astigmatism?
Regular eye exams include tests that identify the presence of astigmatism, so it will not cost you extra to be diagnosed. The treatment costs, however, will vary depending on the method of correction you choose.
If you have private health insurance that includes vision benefits, it may pay for most or all of your annual regular eye exams. In addition, most vision plans provide a discount for prescription eyeglasses and contacts. This is often in a set payment toward one pair of glasses or your annual contact lens supply per year. The discount/payment can vary. If you choose any extras, such as tinted lenses, prescription sunglasses, colored contacts or other advanced features, these are not typically covered by standard vision plans. You may need to pay for these features out of your pocket.
Astigmatism can often be treated with contacts or glasses, so surgery may not be covered by your private insurance. However, private medical insurance may help cover surgical costs if your astigmatism is the result of injury or complications from a previous medically necessary eye surgery.