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Types of Astigmatism Surgery and Costs in Montana

An astigmatism is a condition where the eye has an elongated shape, like a football. Since the eye should be round, this causes distortions in vision. Astigmatism can be treated effectively with glasses or contact lenses. However, if you're interested in a more permanent solution, you may want to learn more about the types of astigmatism surgery and costs in Montana. Astigmatism surgery is typically considered an elective procedure. If your insurance doesn't cover it, you will need to pay for the surgery out of pocket. Comparing different providers is a very prudent choice if you're paying for the surgery without insurance.

LASIK is the most common choice for astigmatism surgery. This type of eye correction is a simple outpatient procedure. The eye and surrounding area is numbed with a local anesthetic. The surgeon will then create a flap on the surface of the eye and pull back the corneal layer. A laser is used to reshape the surface of the eye beneath this layer. In the case of astigmatism, the surgeon will create a more rounded shape and thus correct the distortions in vision that the patient is experiencing. The corneal flap is replaced over the eye, creating a kind of protective covering. In a few weeks, the flap will heal over.

Another option for astigmatism correction is a surgery known as astigmatic keratotomy surgery. It's hard to find a quoted price for this surgery because it is very uncommon today with the advancements available through LASIK. With astigmatic keratotomy surgery, two incisions are made directly in the eyeball. This causes the eye to relax into a more rounded shape. Vision can be blurry for several weeks after this surgery. Unlike LASIK, where the patient will recover in a day or two, this procedure takes much longer for a full recovery. This choice is also associated with more discomfort. Patients typically choose this only if LASIK isn't an option.

The average cost of LASIK surgery in Montana is between $1,500 and $3,000. Most surgeries fall around $1,950. These prices are quoted per eye. You will need to double the price to get the total for the whole surgery with astigmatism in both eyes. Many Montana LASIK centers offer financing options such as Care Credit. This works likes a credit card and allows you to make smaller payments over the course of several months instead of paying for the whole procedure upfront. It's worthwhile to compare various surgeons to find the best price. Be sure to check the surgeon's qualifications as well and choose a LASIK eye center that's well equipped for your needs.

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TLC Laser Eye Center
2001 Rosebud Drive, Suite A
Billings, MT 59102
Ozog Eye Care
1417 9th Street South, Suite 100
Great Falls, MT 59405
Rocky Mountain Eye Center
700 W Kent Ave
Missoula, MT 59801
The Eye Clinic Surgicenter
111 S Broadway
Red Lodge, MT 59068

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