Corneal mapping and our Z8 Femto Laser make it possible.

Recent advances in mapping the shape of the cornea combined with innovative surgical lasers like the Ziemer Z8 have made it possible to treat astigmatism with LASIK. Older lasers were broad beam, so each pulse could only treat an area of 6 mm but lasers like the Z8 can be reduced to smaller zones of 1 mm or less. They can also detect any rotation in the eye and track the eye during surgery, thus treating vertical and horizontal planes differently.

The Z8 can be programmed to reshape the cornea so the front surface of the eye is more symmetrical, thereby eliminating vision problems caused by astigmatism even more effectively than eyeglasses. So instead of just looking through eyeglasses or contact lens with an equal and opposite astigmatism to that of your cornea, treatment with LASIK corrects the distortion altogether.

Definitely an option worth discussing with your patients!