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For those in New Mexico who have astigmatism, surgery can be the answer to their prayers. Some people do not like having to wear glasses and just can't get the contact lenses for astigmatism to fit well. So, thankfully there are some surgical options available that they can have performed. There are a few different kinds of astigmatism surgery: LASIK, PRK, LASEK, AK, and LTK. Each of the types of procedures is different from the others, sometimes in major ways and other times in very minor ways.

Just about everyone has heard of getting LASIK eye surgery. It has been around for a while and is very popular for people with astigmatism. LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. When you have LASIK surgery performed on your eyes, the surgeon uses a laser to scrape the surface of the cornea and create a flap so that the corneal tissue can be reshaped. By reshaping the corneal tissue, the astigmatism is corrected. Once the surgeon is finished, they fold the flap back over and leave it to heal. PRK surgery is when the surgeon uses a UV laser to reshape the corneal tissue. PRK stands for photorefractive keratectomy. One good thing about this procedure is that the eye does not have to be cut at all.

LASEK surgery, a newer type of astigmatism surgery, is kind of a mash-up of both LASIK and PRK surgical procedures. LASEK uses a laser to create a thin flap so that the corneal tissue can be reshaped, but there is no scraping or cutting involved. Instead, the surgeon uses a special solution of alcohol to vaporize the portions of tissue that need to be removed. LASEK stands for laser epithelial keratomileusis and has a longer recovery time than LASIK. AK surgery is the non-laser surgical procedure done for astigmatism. The surgeon makes very small incisions on the cornea which makes it relax and take on a different shape thereby correcting the astigmatism. AK stands for astigmatic keratotomy. The final type of astigmatism surgery is LTK. LTK is performed by a laser beam shrinking and then reshaping the cornea very quickly in seconds. LTK stands for laser thermokeratoplasty and is not a permanent solution for astigmatism.

The price that a New Mexico resident will pay for astigmatism surgery really depends on the type of surgery they have done. The older, more traditional forms will cost the least, whereas the new types will cost more. The cost in New Mexico for astigmatism surgery can range between $1,400 and $5,000 per eye all of which the patient must pay for out-of-pocket.

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Southwest EyeCare
7110 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Coleman Vision
5051 Journal Center Blvd.
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Bernitsky Vision
6401 Holly Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Southwestern Eye Center
1515 South 8th Street
Deming, NM 88030
Eye Associates of New Mexico
1603 Main Street SW, Suite B
Los Lunas, NM 87031
New Mexico Eye Clinic
1316 Jackie Rd Southeast
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

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