Astigmatism2022-04-12T11:50:16+00:00

Astigmatism Treatment in London

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Astigmatism explained

Astigmatism is a condition defined by the person having blurred, distorted vision at all distances. As one of the most common eye conditions in the UK – nearly half of glasses wearers live with the condition – astigmatism can affect one or both eyes. Astigmatism can affect people of all ages and often coexists with other conditions – namely short- or long-sightedness.

When you choose My-iClinic for astigmatism treatment, one of our dedicated specialists will offer you a thorough consultation to discover which is the most suitable procedure for you. We are committed to helping you achieve a better quality of life through our world-class astigmatism treatments.

Astigmatism is an eye condition that develops when your cornea or lens isn’t perfectly round. Astigmatism may be present on its own but is typically associated with Myopia or Hyperopia. It also may be symmetrical or asymmetrical.

Ideally, the front of your eye should be shaped like a football, but with astigmatism, it is shaped similar to a rugby ball. The unusual shape of your eye causes incoming light to bend in the wrong way and refract in multiple directions, leading to distorted sight and blurry vision.

Those living with astigmatism may have one of two types of the condition – either regular or irregular astigmatism. The most common form of the two is regular astigmatism, which occurs when the cornea curve bends more in one direction than the other. This condition is easily controlled and can be corrected using glasses, lenses or laser surgery.

On the other hand, irregular astigmatism is a more rare condition and occurs when the curvature on the cornea is uneven. This is usually caused by cornea damage which can appear after either an eye injury or keratoconus. Glasses are not always an option for those living with irregular astigmatism, so specialist lenses or corrective surgery are more frequently advised.

As it can coexist with other eye conditions, it can be difficult for you to realise you have symptoms of astigmatism without attending an optical appointment. Although it develops in childhood for many living with the condition, it can sometimes occur later in life as the eyesight worsens.

Associated symptoms of astigmatism include blurred vision, which becomes increasingly apparent when you try to focus on still objects from a long distance, such as road signs. This also applies to shorter distance activities too, such as reading. A person with astigmatism may also experience difficulties seeing at night.

It’s important to remember that, if left untreated, someone with astigmatism may experience painful eye strain and headaches. In this case, you would need to arrange an optical appointment to discuss the options for you.

Anyone can develop astigmatism at any time, although many people find that the condition appeared in childhood. As with many eye conditions, some are at more risk than others in developing astigmatism. Similarly, if a person has excessive myopia or hyperopia – the risk increases.

Although there is usually no known exact cause, there are a number of potential astigmatism causes that may contribute to its development. A person’s genetics can often play a role in whether or not they develop astigmatism.

Sometimes, trauma to the eye can be a key cause of astigmatism. This is particularly relevant if you’ve had an eye disease, surgery or an injury to your face. If your cornea is scarred or thin, you may also be at higher risk of developing astigmatism. It’s important to remember, however, that eye strain from using a computer, television or reading in low light are not proven astigmatism causes.

At My-iClinic, we offer a number of different astigmatism treatments to suit your individual needs, allowing you to live a life free of blurred vision. Our specialist ophthalmologists are experts in two types of procedures to cure astigmatism.

The first of these is laser eye surgery. This is an effective astigmatism treatment for those looking to live a life independent of glasses or contact lenses. After an initial screening, our specialists would explain the most appropriate surgery for you – either ReLEx SMILE, Presbyond, LASIK or LASEK, PRK & PTK.

My-iClinic also offer refractive lens exchange (RLE) as an astigmatism treatment. Also known as lens replacement surgery, this procedure involves replacing your eye’s natural lens with a synthetic implant called an intraocular lens. This surgery also corrects myopia and hyperopia. Similarly, if you have an astigmatism with a cataract, we can treat both conditions at the same time with a toric implant.

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Mr Bolger suggested having cataract surgery on both eyes on the same day and whilst I had concerns, I decided to go ahead. The day after I was able to remove the eye pads and I had perfect vision. I have told many people that it was the best thing I have ever spent my money on. I have needed spectacles or contact lenses since I was 9 years old and now have 20/20 vision with no assistance from spectacles. I would highly recommend the My-iClinic.

Mrs Penelope Carrozza

Just discharged after having monovision cataract surgery in both eyes I am delighted with the outcome. I can see both near and far and have been able to dispense with my contact lenses and glasses. I have been well looked after from my first contact. Mr Bolger was very professional and reassuring and I felt at all times that I was in good hands. I cannot fault the whole experience including the charges, which having researched various alternatives, proved to be very reasonable.

Anne Collins

My-iClinic was recommended to me by 3 different people that had surgery there so I was not nervous. From booking the first appointment, to the surgery for cataract on both eyes, the aftercare instructions and post operation consultation, it was smooth sailing all the way. I was warmly received and was comfortable because I felt I was in safe hands because of the professionalism of the staff, the environment which was very clean with very nice soothing decor, and so many equipments. The whole procedure was explained thoroughly by the team of nurses and technicians and also by the surgeon, Ms Odufuwa. The procedure was painless and quick and my eyesight improved tremendously (like 100%!!!) and I don't need glasses anymore!!! I must thank Ms Odufuwa and her team for the great and efficient service received and I would not hesitate to recommend her and the clinic to my family, friends and associates.

Olukemi Thomas

I can fully recommend My-iClinic as they are professional and extremely friendly. I was very nervous about having my cataract surgery and extremely anxious. However, upon arrival I was made to feel completely at ease and Mr Bolger put all my concerns to rest. I would highly recommend him to anyone. I would like to thank the whole team who saw me through this especially Matt and Pawel. Thank you everyone at my-iClinic!

Maureen Smart

I came to My-iClinic to have my cataract operation. The receptionist was professional and friendly as were the staff who performed the tests necessary for my consultant appointment. The booklet I was given to read was so informative I had very few more questions to ask. On the big day I was reassuringly prepared for the op which has been extremely successful. Thank you

Louise Edwards

Mr Bolger (My-Clinic) was recommended to me by a friend of mine, who is an eye surgeon, to be the best hand in the country. My experience came true to expectation. I am extremely happy with the result of my cataract operation by Mr Bolger and the excellent post-op care. I am also grateful to Mr Bolger’s surgical team and staff at My-Clinic.

Nancy Ghazi

I was delighted with the results of my surgery for cataract performed by Ms Bola Odufuwa. She explained every detail of the procedure to reassure me at every step as I was apprehensive at first. After surgery, I was amazed to see how bright and clear everything was immediately. Her precise instructions on how to care for my eyes post operatively ensured that I had a rapid and successful recovery. I cannot thank her enough and feel totally rejuvenated. Ms Odufuwa had been recommended to me by a friend who had been successfully treated. I too would highly recommend her to anyone.

Kofo Anjori

I could not be happier with my “new eyes” (cataract surgery). I was very nervous and the team at the centre all went out of their way to put me at my ease. I found my consultation with Mr Bolger reassuring as he was able to it the risks into perspective. I am pleased I trusted his advice to have both eyes operated on at the same time. I can now see how unbalanced I would have been for weeks if I had had one eye operated on at a time.

Julie Graham

Excellent service as on previous visits. Just had cataract implant surgery by Mr. Bolger. All gone very smoothly. (Clinic took great, sympathetic care of my 97 year old mother earlier too.) All staff at the clinic are totally professional but friendly and accessible. You can call them if you have concerns without feeling you are a nuisance. Care is taken over hygiene and Covid security and the clinic is well equipped for running many different eye tests. I always recommend them to my friends as I have only had good experiences there.

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If you’re looking to live a life free of blurred vision and headaches, our industry-leading ophthalmologists are here to help you. After an initial consultation, we can discuss your situation with you to find the best course of astigmatism treatment for you.

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The NHS has provided an excellent overview of glaucoma, including causes, tests, and treatments. Click here for more information.

The National Eye Institute provides a walkthrough of a cataract condition with examples of what your vision may look like, as well as treatment options. Click here for more information.

The National Eye Institute provides a great amount of information regarding macular degeneration. Click here for more information.

For the NHS guide to long-sightedness, click here.

For the NHS guide to short-sightedness, click here.

About Our London Eye Clinic Experts

Meet the My-iClinic founders, Mr John Bolger and Ms Bola Odufuwa. Two consultant eye surgeons who made it their life goal to make your life better.

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Bola Odufuwa-Bolger

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director
MBBS DO FRCS (Ed) FRCOphth MSc

Bola Odufuwa is a consultant ophthalmologist at The Royal Free Hospital and My-iClinic. Her specialities include cataract, glaucoma, paediatric, and laser refractive surgery. Bola has had extensive training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, where she gained expertise in the management of various eye conditions.

Bola Odufuwa’s special interests include optimal refractive outcomes following cataract surgery, non-penetrating glaucoma surgery, and assessment eyesight in children with special needs: particularly dyslexia and autism.

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Mr John Bolger

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director
FRCS DO FEBOS -CR

John Bolger is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinic Director at My-iClinic. His specialities include ophthalmology, laser refractive surgery (SMILE, Presbyond, LASIK, PRK, PTK), refractive lens exchange (RLE), cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment and macular degeneration.

Over the course of his career, John Bolger has carried out over 35,000 cataract operations, 20 of which were for eye surgeons. He has also taught over 1500 young ophthalmologists worldwide as they begin their surgical careers.

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