Astigmatism 2018-05-03T09:17:35+00:00

ASTIGMATISM
DISTORTED AND BLURRY VISION

What is astigmatism, and can it be fixed?

In the normal eye, the cornea is curved the same in the horizontal and vertical directions, like a football. When the light rays hit the cornea, they focus at a single point.

In astigmatism, the curve of the cornea is not the same in the horizontal and vertical directions. The cornea looks like a rugby ball, with a steep curve on one side and a flat surface on the other.

As a result, light rays entering the cornea do not focus at a single point, causing distorted vision.

How does one get astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a function of the beautiful and infinite variety we see in nature. We see many variations among us, including the shape and size of our eyes. We see astigmatism as a function of this variety. Sometimes, severe forms astigmatism can develop into disease states, like keratoconus, and can further complicate visual issues like a cataract.

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What are some options for treating astigmatism?

How James Ball handles astigmatism treatment depends greatly on what associated conditions the patient presents and the type of treatment we plan.

Astigmatism treatment

We use laser eye surgery (LASIK and ReLEx SMILE ™) to change the shape and curve of the cornea to correct or reduce these types of refractive errors.

With the extensive refractive surgery offered at Custom Vision Clinic, Mr Ball is also able to correct astigmatism with lens replacement surgery. We can achieve this by combining the lens replacement surgery with toric intraocular lenses or limbal relaxing incisions.

Over the last few years, both the measurement of the cornea and the calculations of toric lenses to correct astigmatism have improved. One of the greatest moves forward was the development of the Barrett formula which incorporates the effect of the posterior corneal surface on astigmatism.

Professor Graham Barrett – with whom James worked with ten years ago at the Lion’s Eye Institute in Western Australia – devised this formula. The posterior surface of the cornea can now be measured with several devices, and this is a measurement which we undertake routinely on all pre-operative cataract patients and lens replacement at the custom vision clinic.

At Custom Vision Clinic, we have invested in the cataract module of the Pentacam imaging device to obtain this data. Also, we have invested in the latest version of the Lenstar biometry machine from Haag-Streit incorporating all of the latest software to calculate astigmatism correcting lens implants. The latest software includes the RBF-Hill software and also the Barrett formula. The Lenstar also provides us with an alignment image to ensure accurate placement of the toric lens implant inside your eye at the time of surgery.

Custom Vision Clinic has partnered with several of the lens manufacturing companies so that we can incorporate toric astigmatism correcting lens implants into our routine cataract surgery care pathway without any additional cost to our patients.

Toric astigmatism correcting lenses are not routinely available on the NHS. At other private clinics, patients are charged an additional premium for toric astigmatism correcting lenses.

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My eyesight following the operation is brilliant and better than I thought possible, and this is all down to your excellent surgeon Mr James Ball and not to forget all the very dedicated people around him who make these operations possible.
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Grace C.
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Jean D.
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Sala M.
My work was becoming almost impossible. I had refractive lens exchange to both eyes with multifocal lens implants last July. I can now see better than 20/20 for distance and can read the tiniest print in newspapers - all without glasses! I have started reading for pleasure again, and I feel that my performance both at work and on the golf course has improved.
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My eyesight following the operation is brilliant and better than I thought possible, and this is all down to your excellent surgeon Mr James Ball and not to forget all the very dedicated people around him who make these operations possible.

Keith Garlick

Two of the best decisions I ever made in my life were firstly to have lens exchange and secondly to have Mr James Ball carry out my operation.

Patricia Walton

Within minutes I could tell there was a difference. But now, only a couple of months later, my sight is better than it was seven years ago! I can even read the really tiny print on the car sales ads! If you want that confidence you probably felt when you were younger, this is the ideal solution.  Thanks to the treatment, I feel rejuvenated, independent and much younger!

John Hazelgrave

My work was becoming almost impossible. I had refractive lens exchange to both eyes with multifocal lens implants last July. I can now see better than 20/20 for distance and can read the tiniest print in newspapers – all without glasses! I have started reading for pleasure again, and I feel that my performance both at work and on the golf course has improved.

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Janet Howden

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Dorothy S.

Thank you for your skilled interventions which have given me my sight back.

Doreen G.

To me it appears a miracle that I can see so well. I feel very grateful. It is impossible to fully express my thanks.

Grace C.

Thank you very much for the treatment you gave me –  I can see so well now, and reading has once again become a real pleasure.

Charles S.

It was intimated to me that you were the best, and from the results I am now enjoying, I am convinced that this is correct.

Jean D.

You are truly innovative. Thank you very much for curing the problems I have been having with my reading and near vision.

Sala M.

I had LASIK on both eyes at Custom Vision Clinics, and can now see better than 20/20, without my glasses or contact lenses. More importantly, I now feel that I can get more out of my busy life.

Karen

At the consultation, Mr Ball found that I had early cataracts. Following cataract surgery at Custom Vision Clinics, I am almost completely independent from glasses.

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