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Astigmatism Treatment in Sydney

What is astigmatism?

At Vision Clinic Sydney, Dr Kumar offers curative Astigmatism treatment to Sydney patients in a beautiful and modern setting. His many years of experience, complemented by professional and friendly staff, a comfortable environment, state-of-the-art technology and the best possible care, all combine to give you the best outcomes possible.

Contact Vision Clinic Sydney today to discuss how Dr Kumar, expert laser vision correction surgeon can help to improve your vision.

Astigmatism is a common eye condition that affects the shape of your cornea or lens, giving the person blurry vision.

The cornea is the first and most powerful element of your eye’s focusing system. It helps you achieve clear vision. Your cornea does this by transmitting, filtering and refracting light.

Typically, your cornea is an even shape that bends light so you can focus your vision and see clearly. Astigmatism is an uneven curvature of the cornea or lens. This flattened or misshapen cornea cannot bend light evenly. This distorts your image and can cause objects to appear blurred.

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What are the signs and symptoms of astigmatism?

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Astigmatism can be very mild, with no perceptible changes to your eyesight. It is commonly found in people with myopia (short-sightedness) or hyperopia (long-sightedness). Sometimes it can be associated with known cornea conditions, such as keratoconus.

Whilst very mild cases are generally asymptomatic, moderate to severe cases will hamper your eye’s ability to bend light and focus. In these cases, the symptoms can be:

  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches or even migraines
  • Eye strain
  • Squinting

What are the treatment options for Astigmatism?

The treatment goals are to achieve visual clarity and improve your quality of life. The options for astigmatism correction for Sydney patients are contact lenses, glasses, or refractive surgery.

Eyeglasses and contact lenses compensate for the uneven shape of your cornea, whereas refractive surgery options will improve vision and reduce the need for lenses or glasses.

Types of surgery to treat astigmatism:

  • LASIK eye surgery
  • SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction)
  • Advanced Surface Laser Ablation (ASLA)
  • Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) insertion

Laser eye surgery - LASIK

LASIK laser eye surgery for Astigmatism is considered one of the best treatment options, with high success rates in treating long-sightedness (hyperopia), short-sightedness (myopia) and Astigmatism.

You can read more about the benefits of LASIK laser eye surgery here.

Which treatment is best for you?

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Dr Kumar will conduct a comprehensive eye examination, take scans of your eyes and undertake an accurate medical examination to determine the best option.

The general recommendation is for LASIK surgery or SMILE therapy, as these options have high success rates in permanently correcting the curvature of your cornea and improving your focus and vision.

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What is the plan for Astigmatism treatment?

After you consult with Dr Kumar, he will recommend a plan based on your diagnosis and the results of your eye tests. This therapy plan will help improve vision clarity by using corrective contact lenses and glasses or refractive surgery (LASIK, SMILE, ASLA or ICL).

What happens on the day of the procedure?

The procedure performed on the day will depend on Dr Kumar’s recommendations. He and his team will discuss with you what to expect on the day.

If you would like to know more about what to expect on the day, read about the different types of surgery here:

  • LASIK eye surgery
  • SMILE (Small Incision Lenticular Extraction)
  • ASLA (Advanced Surface Laser Ablation)
  • ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens Insertion)

What does the recovery process look like?

Your recovery will differ slightly depending on what type of therapy you have undergone.

However, there are some similarities:

  • You will notice a marked improvement in your vision the day after
  • Some discomfort is expected but should be minimal
  • You should avoid using makeup seven days before and seven days after your surgery
  • You will have follow-up appointments with Dr Kumar to assess your recovery and vision
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Why Choose Vision Clinic Sydney for Astigmatism Surgery?

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Vision Clinic Sydney uses state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and laser eye surgery technology to ensure you receive the best care to optimise your vision. In addition, we tailor innovative solutions to your personal visual needs so you can achieve your full potential.

Meet our wonderful team

Dr Nikhil Kumar is an Ophthalmic Microsurgeon with extensive training in many forms of laser eye surgery. He graduated in 1998 with his Medical degree from the University of Newcastle before completing ophthalmology speciality training at the Sydney Eye Hospital in 2008.

After that, he was awarded a travelling fellowship to pursue further training in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the University of Toronto in 2009. He has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Cataract and Refractive Surgery from the University of Sydney.

Our location in Sydney

We are located in the central business district of Sydney in New South Wales. Our physical address is Level 6, Suite 605, 229 Macquarie St., Sydney NSW 2000, Australia.

What's the cost of astigmatism
treatment in Sydney?

Astigmatism treatment costs for Sydney patients will vary depending on the type of surgery. When you have your initial consultation with Dr Kumar, his team will estimate your out-of-pocket expenses accurately.

We offer flexible and easy payment plans through Medipay for any surgery you may undergo.

FAQs

An ophthalmologist (or qualified optometrist) will conduct an eye examination to assess your visual acuity. They can also use a retinoscopy that determines the eye’s refractive error, such as Astigmatism.

The exact cause is unknown. However, there is a strong genetic component. In addition, other risk factors may contribute to developing this eye disease:

  • Eye infections that cause scarring to the cornea
  • Cornea or cataract treatments
  • Keratoconus or other similar conditions

Yes. Your eye specialist can discuss other options, such as SMILE, ASLA, ICL, or corrective eyewear, such as a contact lens. However, your best treatment options will depend on how advanced the Astigmatism is and your symptoms, so it is always best to ask your eye specialist what they recommend.

Depending on the degree of your eye condition, your vision can be hugely affected, causing distortion and blurriness. This can lead to a decrease in your quality of life as daily tasks become more and more challenging to perform. In these sorts of cases, astigmatism correction is generally recommended and worthwhile.

In most cases, laser eye surgery or other refractive eye and lens surgery can cure Astigmatism. However, if eye surgery is not an option for you, glasses and contact lenses can help reshape the cornea of your eye and alleviate your symptoms.

How to schedule a consultation

For your first appointment, you will need a referral letter from your General Practitioner or Optometrist. You can still be seen at the practice without a referral but will not be able to claim a Medicare rebate for the consultation or any tests/procedures you may have performed at the clinic. You can download the referral PDF form or submit it online.

Please call us if you need any more information on how to book a consultation at +61 2 9222 9188.

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