Why choose laser eye surgery for astigmatism?

Most people are aware of long-sightedness and short-sightedness. But not everyone knows about astigmatism. Approximately 1.4 million Australians struggle with this vision defect. It may also be present alongside shortsightedness, but not always.

What causes this refractive error? What are the symptoms? Can you get refractive surgery for astigmatism? Let’s find out!

What is astigmatism?

The ideal eye should be round. Unfortunately, most of us do not have perfect eyes. In reality, most people have an eye with astigmatism to some degree or another.

When the eyeball isn’t round, the cornea bends the light passing through at odd angles. This means the light will not fall on the focal point in the eye. This causes blurry and distorted vision of objects at all distances. This may cause eyestrain and headaches for some people. Astigmatism symptoms can be more obvious at night, causing halos around light rays.

Most people are born with astigmatism. Although, it is possible to develop the problem after eye surgery, injury, or eye disease.

How can you fix astigmatism?

You can wear eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct the issue. But, if you dislike the idea of wearing corrective lenses for the rest of your life, you can have laser eye surgery.

In laser eye surgery, we remove small amounts of the front surface of the cornea to give it the correct curvature. This ensures that it bends light in such a way that it falls on the correct point, so your vision is clear.

It is not necessary to be long-sighted or short-sighted to have surgery. You can have surgical procedures to correct astigmatism even if that is your only vision defect. The cost of this surgery is the same as for any other type of laser eye surgery.

If you have astigmatism and cataracts, we can correct both at the same time with a lens implant.



The best way to find out if lens surgery is right for you is to have an in-person assessment. You’ll get a clear answer from our experts on your suitability and vision correction options


Is laser eye surgery for astigmatism safe?

Millions of people have undergone the procedure with few complications and excellent results.5 As technology improves, side effects are becoming even less common. Results are effective and long term. Although not everyone sees 20/20 after the procedure.

Interested in refractive surgery for astigmatism?

Laser eye surgery for astigmatism is a safe, effective procedure.6 Yet, choosing an eye surgeon who has ample experience is still important.

Are you considering this procedure to correct your vision? Reach out to us here at VSON in the heart of Brisbane for an in-person consultation. Our experts will assess your eyes and make a clear recommendation for the health of your eyes.

Book an appointment to get started!

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Dr. Matthew Russell


Laser eye surgery specialist

I have a passion for helping my patients enjoy the clear, high-definition vision they need to live rich and active lives. Now, I’ve hand-picked a team of professionals for my laser eye surgery clinic in Brisbane that shares my passion and commitment to exceptional care. With my combination of education, training, and experience, I aim to provide the best possible results for patients of all ages.

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