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There are several types of astigmatism surgeries available at varying costs in Connecticut. Astigmatism surgery, commonly called refractive or laser eye surgery, is any type of surgery that reshapes the cornea, the clear front surface on the eye, when its curvature is abnormal. Abnormal curvatures, or astigmatisms, of either the cornea or lens behind the cornea cause blurry vision. The goal of surgery is to correct the defect in the irregular shape of the cornea or lens so that light reaches the retina, located at the back of the eye, properly. Depending on which astigmatism you have will, there are different types of astigmatism surgery you may need.

During LASIK, or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, the defective curvature is corrected by reshaping the corneal tissue so it guides light into the eye and then back to the retina in the proper direction. The surgeon scrapes the corneal tissue with a beam of highly focused light, the laser. A small flap is made on the outer layer of the cornea so that the surgeon can access the underlying tissue. LASIK is used not only for treatment of astigmatism, but also for the treatment of nearsightedness, as well as farsightedness. PRK surgery (photorefractive keratectomy) was a precursor to LASIK and does not employ the corneal flap. PRK is usually recommended when patients suffer from thin corneas.

LASEK, or laser epithelial keratomileusis, combines the benefits of both LASIK and PRK surgeries into one procedure. Because there is no corneal flap made, complications from cutting and reattaching the flap are avoided and the LASEK procedure doesn't leave the eye as dry as LASIK can. In LASEK a blade called a microkeratome is used to create an incision in the cornea after the cornea is prepped with a 20% alcohol solution, the outer layer of the cornea is lifted and an even smaller blade known as a trephine loosens the cornea. Finally, a laser is used to reshape the defective curvature on the surface of the cornea.

AK (Astigmatic keratotomy) surgery for treatment of astigmatism does not make use of a laser. One or two incisions are created in the steepest section of the cornea. The cornea relaxes, creating a rounder shape. This surgery can be performed alone or in conjunction with laser eyes surgery. LTK (laser thermokeratoplasty) surgery, a non-contact laser refractive surgery treats astigmatism as well as farsightedness by reshaping the cornea with no cutting or removing of the corneal and lens tissues. This surgery often needs to be repeated at some point as the eyes change with age. Costs for astigmatism surgeries in Connecticut vary by clinic and surgeon but generally run anywhere from over $1,500 to $3,000. Costs factored include the procedure per eye, the surgeon's fee, pre- and post- surgery care, equipment use, and other fees determined by the clinic or surgeon.

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Robbins Eye Center
4695 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 6606
Precision LASIK Group
700 West Johnson Ave., Suite 101
Cheshire, CT 6410
Consulting Ophthamologists, P.C.
704 Hebron Avenue
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Liberty Vision
2440 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518
Fichman Eye Center
179 Hartford Road
Manchester, CT 06040
Eye Physicians & Surgeons
202 Cherry Street
Milford, CT 06460
Yale Eye Laser Center
40 Temple Street, Suite 3B
New Haven, CT 06510
Ridgefield Eye Physicians
38 B Grove Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Fairfield County Laser Vision
1250 Summer Street, Suite 301
Stamford, CT 06905
Diamond Vision
162 King's Highway North
Westport, CT 06880
Doctor & Associates
195 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897

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