Occurring early in life often, astigmatism can be defined as an imperfection in the curve of the cornea in the eye or in the shape of the lens of the eye. Both the eye lens and the cornea are curved equally and smoothly in all directions which allow the light rays entering the eye to be focused sharply onto the retina, located at the back of the eye. But in the event of an imperfection with the curvature of the cornea or lens, or is not smooth, then the rays of light won’t be refracted properly, leading to what is known as a refractive error.

When there’s astigmatism, there’s a distortion in a vision to a certain degree at all distances and there’s blurriness. If uncorrected, the symptoms are generally eye strains and headaches, particularly after reading or any other visual prolonged task. Squinting is frequent in these cases, too.

There are three types of astigmatism:

  • Myopic astigmatism – where one or both principal meridians in the eye nearsighted.
  • Hyperopic astigmatism – where one or both principal meridians are farsighted.
  • Mixed astigmatism – where one principal meridian is farsighted, and the other is nearsighted.

Is there a solution to correcting astigmatism? Yes, there is. The general option is to wear corrective eyewear (spectacles and contact lenses). In most cases, LASIK treatment can be used to correct astigmatism permanently. The ultra-fine precision of the lasers deployed in LASIK surgery can reshape the cornea to be more symmetrical, adjust the front surface of the eye and thus, eliminating troubles in vision caused by astigmatism. In the event of a higher amount of astigmatism, LASIK surgery can still be used to correct the problem, although this would also include a probable follow-up in LASIK enhancement in order to perfect this correction.

The state of astigmatism can affect the cost of the LASIK surgery. This is generally discussed with the patient during the preoperative briefing and consultation exam. If seeking the LASIK treatment in Dubai at a reasonable cost, then the Ebsaar Eye Surgery Center is a reliable clinic to get the procedure. In addition to providing dependable and safe LASIK in Dubai, the Ebsaar Eye Surgery Center also offers a variety of eye-care services such as cataract treatment and general services such as prescription of glasses, as well as handling eye emergencies. The clinic is open from Sunday to Saturday with working hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Founded by Dr. Hani Sakla, an internationally renowned eye surgeon with decades of experience, the Ebsaar Eye Surgery Center is backed by an expert panel and team of doctors and specialists, implementing state-of-the-art technology to ensure that patients are given nothing but the most outstanding eye care treatment to be found in Dubai.