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What is LASIK for astigmatism?

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LASIK surgery for astigmatism is a form of eye surgery that reshapes the inner portion of the cornea to correct the astigmatism. It is effective for individuals with mild to moderate levels of astigmatism.

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What is LASIK for astigmatism?
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Astigmatism is caused by an irregular shape of the cornea. This causes the eye to refract light irregularly leading to blurriness, near-sightedness or far-sightedness. LASIK surgery can be bladeless, using a laser. It can also use a corneal blade, known as a microkeratome, to perform the corneal reshaping. LASIK surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure by an ophthalmologist. In 2008, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery conducted a study that found that 95.4 percent of LASIK surgery patients were satisfied with the procedure.

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