Astigmatism Treatment Abroad
stigmatism is one of the most common eye conditions that are easily corrected. The condition itself is caused by an eye that is not completely round, but is shaped more like a football or sphere.
Refractive errors are those that cause an uneven bending of a light source, creating a blurred or unclear view of an object. Only one part of the object is in focus at a time, and often, distant objects are blurry or wavy in appearance.
Benefits of Astigmatism Correction
Treatments or Processes that treat astigmatism are beneficial in that they:
- Improve the visual field
- Improved focus on objects both near and far
- Decrease eye strain and fatigue
Astigmatism treatments usually involve the use of glasses or soft contact lens. These two types of corrective lens have a greater light bending strength in one direction that the other lens, and are often called ‘toric lenses.
For those who have more astigmatism difficulties and with to wear contact lens, a gas permeable rigid contact lens may be the easiest way to correct your astigmatism.
Other options include refractive surgery, in which the shape of the cornea is changed. Another term for this type of surgery is also known as laser eye surgery. Specific treatment options are utilized on an individual basis depending on severity of the astigmatism.
Astigmatism Treatment Options
For those individuals wishing for the refractive surgery or laser eye surgery instead of correction with use of glasses, several procedures must be evaluated prior to surgery. With so many other, noninvasive procedures available, much discussion is made as to benefit and risk.
Anyone who is going to have a refractive surgery must have a healthy eye that is free of disease and also have no retinal problems, or tears in the cornea itself.
How Much Does Astigmatism Treatment Cost?
Depending on the type of treatment you and your doctor decide, cost of treatment may be as simple as your average health insurance plan covering about 80% of the eye exam, and the cost of the frames and lens. Again, if you have insurance, this treatment is the best option if there are no serious astigmatism issues and they may be treated with glasses or contacts alone.
If refractive surgery is required, typically this type of surgery will cost approximately $1,500 to $3,000 per eye in the United States. Exploring these same procedures in South America, Mexico, India, and the prices may be reduced by half.
Who Performs Astigmatism Treatment Surgery?
Any licensed ophthalmologist specially certified in Lasik surgery can perform this procedure. Always be sure to assess the facility where you will have the procedure performed that all personnel are certified. Ensure the doctor is licensed with international quality assurance credentialing centers before you have your surgery. Examination, diagnosis, and counseling regarding macular degeneration and options available are typically performed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist who specializes in the treatment of those with poor vision. An ophthalmologist should be licensed and trained and certified to perform eye surgical procedures. He or she should also be trained to use of laser and ultrasound equipment. Medical licensing in the United States is by local, state, and national medical boards.
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LASIK is a popular acronym that stands for laser assisted in situ keratomileusis. Simply put, LASIK is a refractive surgery that improves eye sight by correcting wide ranges of vision issues such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. An advanced medical procedure, LASIK employs a specially designed laser instead of traditional surgical tools to perform corrective eye surgery.