If you have astigmatism, you have a refractive error in your eyes. Astigmatism can be present by itself or in combination with nearsightedness, or farsightedness. At our vision practice, Katz Eye Center, our Bronx NY eye doctor, Dr. Steven J. Katz, can help you with treatment for your astigmatism.
Today, if you have astigmatism, there are several things that our Bronx NY eye doctor can do to help you with this vision problem. Many patients with astigmatism simply wear eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct their vision problem. Today, even patients with astigmatism can have their vision corrected with contact lenses. However, there are also different surgeries that can be performed to treat astigmatism. Our doctor, Dr. Katz, is a board-certified ophthalmic surgeon who specializes in cataract, laser and refractive surgery. Laser vision correction can be used to correct astigmatism as well as nearsightedness or farsightedness.
Two different variations of this surgery are PRK and LASIK. Our eye doctor will assess your individual situation, if you are interested in laser vision correction, and let you know which procedure will work best for you. Both procedures are performed while our patients remain perfectly comfortable due to our use of anesthetic eye drops. Our doctor will reshape the cornea by removing tissue from the cornea. This treatment is very quick, usually taking only about a minute for each eye. Most patients remain perfectly comfortable during and after the procedure. During the recovery, you will need to take antibiotics and anti-inflammatory eye drops to make sure that your eyes remain infection-free and healthy. There will be several checkup appointments after the treatment. Maximum visual recovery occurs in about 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure, although you will enjoy good vision in only a few days. For an appointment to be seen by our Bronx NY eye doctor for treatment of your astigmatism or other refractive errors, contact us today.