What does astigmatism surgery cost?
If your eyes have significant astigmatism, contact lenses can be difficult to wear successfully. The shape of your eye makes them difficult to fit. Glasses are fine for some activities but there will always be times when you want to see well with the naked eye. This is where laser eye surgery can be the answer to your prayers.
Can you really get rid of astigmatism?
Patients are funny about this eye condition. It has all sorts of negative connotations, but really it is just a slight difference in curvature across different parts of your cornea – the front surface of your eye. It’s similar to how an egg or rugby ball is more curved in one direction than the other, but much more subtle than that. It results in part of the eye being more short-sighted or long-sighted than other parts. Glasses correct this by balancing out the curves into a perfect sphere. Laser eye surgery removes a little more tissue from one contour of the eye than the other in order to create a spherical shape and eliminate the astigmatism. It is normal for eyes – even eyes with great uncorrected vision – to have this slight difference in curvature and there is often a small but insignificant residual amount, even after laser eye surgery. This is all perfectly normal and doesn’t interfere with clear vision.
What’s the best laser eye surgery procedure for astigmatism?
You’ve got plenty of choice. All three corneal laser eye surgery procedures (LASIK, SMILE and PRK) can correct this condition. If you are over 50 years old, you may even have your corneal curvature corrected during a cataract or lens replacement procedure.
LASIK / PRK
Both of these popular laser eye surgery procedures can correct the shape of your eye – including any difference in curvature. The accuracy of these procedures
has long been established.
The latest proven laser eye surgery technique – SMILE – corrects myopia up to -10 dioptres, including your astigmatism. It has been shown to have good accuracy within this range, similar to LASIK and PRK.
Laser lens surgery / cataract surgery
Intraocular lenses (or IOLS) are placed inside your eye during cataract surgery or clear lens replacement. These tiny artificial lenses can be shaped to correct your astigmatism, but must be placed very precisely within your eye to achieve this goal. Recent improvements in technology have facilitated this accurate placement, as have more accurate eye measurements prior to surgery. Even the latest trifocal IOLs correct your eye’s curvature, and are one of the best options for true spectacle independence for those over the age of 55.
These tiny medical devices are placed inside your eye, while still retaining your own natural lens. They are used to correct high errors (over -10) in younger people (under 40). They are also available in specially-shaped varieties (known as torics) correct the curvature of your cornea,and this can greatly increase spectacle independence.
How much will it cost?
The most popular laser eye surgery procedures – LASIK and SMILE – both cost $3,400 per eye at our practice. This includes the initial consultation, aftercare and any enhancements required during the first two years after surgery. PRK costs a little less ($3,100) and involves a lengthier healing process, although the visual outcome is equivalent to that of LASIK or SMILE.
Implantable lenses are usually more expensive than the corneal procedures listed above. The cost of lens surgery (either cataract or clear lens replacement) varies considerably, based on a number of factors (including your level of health cover). Unless you have been clinically diagnosed with cataract, these procedures usually cost more than LASIK or SMILE.