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Types of Astigmatism Surgery and Costs in Rhode Island

Before considering the types of astigmatism surgery and costs in Rhode Island, it's helpful to understand exactly what astigmatism is. This is a condition where the eye is shaped like a football, with an oval shape rather than the rounded shape that the eye should have. This causes the patient to see ghosting around certain objects, and experience other distortions in vision. Glasses and contact lenses can help with astigmatism. If you're interested in a permanent solution, there are surgical options, but these are traditionally considered to be elective procedures, meaning that insurance doesn't usually cover them so you'll be paying out of pocket.

The most common surgery for astigmatism is LASIK laser vision correction. This is available for astigmatism from several doctors in Rhode Island. Most practices offer free evaluations to determine whether you're a candidate for LASIK. Not all patients can have laser eye surgery performed. If you are able to have LASIK, this procedure will be very quick and simple. LASIK eye surgery can be completed in as little as 20 minutes. The top layer of the eye is pulled back and a laser is applied to the surface of the eye to reshape it. The laser will correct the football shape that's been distorting your vision.

LASIK eye surgery usually costs between $1,500 and $3,000 per eye depending on the severity of your condition. While it's worthwhile to shop around and compare quotes from various ophthalmologists, you don't always want to choose the cheapest option. Make sure you're looking for a surgeon that is experienced in this area. If you're not a candidate for LASIK surgery, there is another option for astigmatism surgery that's available to you in Rhode Island. The Center for Sight in Rhode Island offers toric lens implants. These are like contact lenses that are implanted permanently in your eye. Toric lens implants can correct astigmatism.

Lens implants are most common after a patient has had cataract surgery. With cataract surgery, the eye's natural lens is removed and an artificial lens is used in its place. When the artificial lens is selected for this procedure, many patients opt for a lens that will correct their other vision problems, such as a toric lens implant for astigmatism. With cataract surgery, this procedure is usually covered by insurance, though you may need to pay around $1,000 more for special lenses, such as the toric lens. If you're not having cataract surgery and opt for the lens implant alone, this is considered elective. Costs can range from $2,000 to $5,000.

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Rhode Island Eye Institute
1525 Wampanoag Trail, Suite 105
East Providence, RI 02915
TLC - Providence
10 Orms Street, Suite 220
Providence, RI 02904
Kent Ophthalmology, Inc.
220 Toll Gate Rd.
Warwick, RI 02886
Koch Laser Vision Centers
255 Cass Ave.
Woonsocket, RI 02895

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