Astigmatism is a treatable error in the shape of your cornea that causes blurry vision

You can treat this condition and get rid of your glasses or contact lenses with laser eye surgery
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Astigmatism is a treatable error in the shape of your cornea that causes blurry vision

You can treat this condition and get rid of your glasses or contact lenses with laser eye surgery
Book an appointment

Fix astigmatism with laser eye surgery

In this video, Dr. David Donate explains how laser eye surgery can correct your visual error and free you from glasses and contacts

Fix your astigmatism and live glasses-free

In the toggles below, we have provided everything you need to know about astigmatism treatment

Astigmatism is a visual disorder that makes it harder to focus on an image, resulting in people often having to squint to get a clear image. For example, they may have difficulty differentiating between the letters H, N, and M, or confuse 0 with 8, B or D. In some cases, astigmatism can cause headaches due to eye strain.

Astigmatism is often associated with other visual disorders such as myopia or hyperopia.

The eye has two curved structures called the cornea and the lens that bend or refract light onto the retina, which makes the image that you see. In a perfectly shaped eye, each of these elements has a round curvature like a smooth ball. A cornea and lens with such curvature refract all incoming light equally to make a sharply focused image directly on the retina.

If either your cornea or lens is egg-shaped with two mismatched curves, light rays aren’t bent the same, which forms two different images. These images overlap or combine and result in blurred vision.

Astigmatism occurs when your cornea or lens is curved more steeply in one direction than in another.

It is not known what causes astigmatism, but genetics is a big factor. It may also occur as a result of an injury to the eye or after eye surgery.

It often occurs with nearsightedness or farsightedness.

A complete eye examination is required to diagnose astigmatism.

Different methods may be used, such as :

  • Visual acuity
  • Refraction test
  • Keratometry
  • Corneal topography

We practice two techniques here to correct your astigmatism: We use a laser to regularize the shape of the corneal surface, or we can insert an implant that optically corrects the defect.

It is possible to treat astigmatism on its own, or alongside another visual defect such as myopia hyperopia and/or presbyopia. The treatment of astigmatism is therefore carried out simultaneously with the associated visual defect being myopia, hyperopia and/or presbyopia using the same operating method; either laser or implant.

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I highly recommend the clinic. The staff, the care and the post-operative make you wonderfully well supported during your life change. I had myopia, and to this day, I no longer have glasses. I had no pain or discomfort.

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I had no postoperative pain, and an hour later, it was as if the procedure had not happened except that I can see better! Very fast recovery and amazing results. Living without glasses for the first time in your life, it does not cost. Go for it!!

Daniel A.

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It really changes daily life to be able to do without glasses. I don’t have to worry about them fogging up; I can see well in all circumstances (in the pool or the sea); and my field of vision has expanded because glasses frames no longer block my peripheral vision.

Allan S.

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I am very satisfied with my results from the SMILE procedure. I did not feel any pain during the operation or after. I thank Doctor Donate for his expertise and his work. I also thank all the team who were kind and attentive. Thank you all.

Lydia B.

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I feel like I have found my freedom. Goodbye glasses and lenses, I know have perfect vision from far and near. A big thank you to Dr David Donate and his entire team for their professionalism, warm listening and their reassuring follow-up.

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I had SMILE laser eye surgery with Doctor Donate to correct my myopia, and I’m really happy with the result! What happiness to no longer wear glasses or lenses. The care at the office and the Laser Vision Roosevelt Center was perfect! Thanks to the whole team.

Johanna W.

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The operation (SMILE) was painless and very fast for both eyes. Later that evening I watched a movie and could finally see the subtitles without glasses!

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Links to authoritative resources on Astigmatism

Follow the links below for more information on Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a common condition in which the surface of the eye, or cornea, is not curved in the normal way, leading to blurred vision. Click here to read more.

If you have limbal relaxing incisions for astigmatism with cataract surgery, does it change the recovery process of the surgery? Click here to find out more.

The two main types of astigmatism are corneal and lenticular. A corneal astigmatism happens when your cornea is misshapen. A lenticular astigmatism happens when your lens is misshapen. Click here to read more.

Dr. David Donate

Ophthalmologist – Refractive surgery specialist

20 years’ experience and 20000 successful vision correction treatments

With over 20 years of experience performing more than 20000 successful eye procedures, and a repertoire of academic publications and research, Dr. David Donate has earned himself an international reputation.

At his state-of-the-art clinic in Lyon, Dr. Donate follows a specialised method called, The Donate Method, to ensure his patients feel confident about their vision correction journey. Combined with the highest quality pre-op and post-op appointments, expert precision solutions and top technology, Dr. Donate is perfectly positioned to deliver the best possible outcome for his patients.


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