Can Lasik Correct Astigmatism?

The answer might surprise you. 

If you’ve found our blog, chances are good it’s because you have astigmatism and you’re wondering if you could be a good candidate for Lasik. If this is the case, you’ve come to the right place. While individuals with astigmatism can be great candidates for Lasik, here’s what our Manhattan, NY, ophthalmologists Dr. Christopher Coad and Dr. Jay Yoon want you to know about getting Lasik.

What Is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a refractive error caused by an irregularly shaped cornea or lens. As a result, those with astigmatism may experience blurry or distorted vision up close or far away. Most people with astigmatism are born with it and can correct it with prescription glasses or contact lenses from our New York, NY & Manhattan, NY, ophthalmology team. Of course, when you’re tired of having to take your contacts in and out all the time, you may wonder whether you should get Lasik.

What is Lasik? 

Lasik is a laser eye surgery that corrects vision, particularly refractive errors. This means that people with nearsightedness or farsightedness can correct their vision with Lasik. This quick, painless procedure is performed right here in our office. It takes only a few minutes to reshape the cornea (about 15 minutes to correct both eyes). Numbing drops are applied to the eyes beforehand so you won’t feel discomfort.

Am I a Good Candidate for Lasik?

Maybe you’ve heard that if you have astigmatism, you aren’t a candidate for Lasik, but that’s not the case. We can correct astigmatism with a Lasik laser, creating a more symmetrical cornea. Once we correct the cornea, you’ll notice the improved vision. Of course, we will need to determine your type of astigmatism and the severity to ensure you qualify for Lasik. Thanks to our advanced technology, most individuals with astigmatism are also ideal candidates for Lasik.

If you are interested in getting Lasik from our expert eye team here in Manhattan, NY, call Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology at (212) 220-0066 to schedule a consultation.

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  • "Cannot recommend Dr Coad & his lasik coordinator Nicole enough. They are wonderfully supportive and gentle that even if you are nervous it will be difficult to stay that way around this supportive duo! Without a doubt recommend going to see them, they are worth the additional care and cost for a full-service experience that are there just to help you & give you the best vision possible. Thank you Dr Coad & Nicole."
    Yasmin L.
  • "Dr. Coad and his staff made the experience of having a cataract removed the best it could possibly be, from evaluation to discussing options to being reassuring when the surgery began, to follow-up. The evaluation process was efficient, yet at no time did I feel as if it was anything but personal. His staff at all times were both professional and welcoming. Vace, the surgical coordinator, did everything to make sure the surgical process went smoothly.
    As to Dr. Coad himself, I can't say enough. His skill is absolutely top-notch, but it was the concern that he took in making sure that I understood all of my options, and his reassuring manner before, during and after the surgery which makes it easy to recommend him to the fullest to anyone who needs ophthalmic care."
    Ed W.
  • "Had a five star experience at Chelsea Eye! I went to Dr Yoon for an eye exam and she was extremely friendly, helpful and down to earth! I have met all the staff and they are very friendly and easy to talk to. Hugo in particular was wonderful to work with during the exam. It was a breathe of fresh air coming to this practice and I highly recommend going here for an Optometry appointment or Opthalmology appointment with Dr Coad."
    Devon T.
  • "Can I please take a moment and talk about how awesome Dr. Jay Yoon is?!

    I would be friends with this woman! I went in freaked out about a blood vessel on my eye and in total hypochondriac mode (is it a stroke? Is this connected to my brain? Is it gonna spread?). She laughed and calmly said "looks like you've always had this and it's fine and here are some drops cause your eyes are dry and here's my great primary doctor who I recommend since you don't have one."

    She was very funny and relatable and cool - she didn't try to rush me away and she was honest about everything too and so helpful.

    I've already started recommending her and now I'll do it on here: book an appt and be treated so warmly."
    Bonnie G.
  • "Dr Coad and Nicole were both absolutely wonderful. After my brother had LASIK surgery, I decided to go ahead and do the same.

    Both Nicole and Dr. Coad are very proficient in their work. They answered any and all questions that I had, and calmed every nervous feeling that arose from the start, up until the surgery.

    Going through the surgery I was EXTREMELY nervous and Dr. Coad walked me through the entire procedure (before and during) and made my whole LASIK experience a breeze.

    I can not recommend them enough. If you are interested in LASIK Dr. Coad is the only doctor I would trust."
    Christina V.
  • "This team is the absolute best. Christine is a gift from the gods and makes you feel comfortable supported and amazing. She really got me through my anxieties about my recent lasik surgery - which went great! Dr Coad is the best. A fantastic team, a simple process - I highly recommend this team - if you've ever considered lasik (like I have for the last 20 years) make an appt with this great group. You'll be happy you did."
    Mark P.
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