Astigmatism2020-10-03T00:19:40+10:00

Treating astigmatism in Melbourne

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Treating astigmatism in Melbourne

Dr Anton van Heerden explains if laser eye surgery can fix astigmatism
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Astigmatism explained

Everything you need to know about astigmatism

Astigmatism is a type of refractive error, often found in conjunction with long-sightedness (hyperopia) or short-sightedness (myopia).

Astigmatism usually arises from an uneven curvature of the front surface of the eye known as the cornea, such that light entering through this surface is refracted and bent to fall on two slightly different points on the retina at the back of the eye. This results in blurry or distorted vision. Patients with uncorrected astigmatism may also experience:

  • an increase in glare, perceiving lights as “smeared out” in a starburst pattern
  • ghosting, which is the sensation of seeing a faint double image of the one object
  • headaches, typically around the brow area after prolonged near work such as reading or computer use

The degree and form of astigmatism is assessed at your initial clinic assessment. This is done using a number of instruments including a corneal topographer (we use a Pentacam which is the gold standard instrument for astigmatism measurements). The Pentacam has software which can detect the nature of your astigmatism and assess if corneal refractive surgery is an option for you.

If you’ve avoided pursuing surgical options to reduce your dependency on glasses and contact lenses simply because you’ve been told you have astigmatism, LASIK surgery for astigmatism may be the answer. 

For patients who are unsuitable for the LASIK procedure for any reason, there are additional options for surgical correction of astigmatism, including SMILE® surgery and intraocular contact lens procedures.

What our patients say...

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Lovely staff, great facilities, eye surgery went smoothly – definitely recommend!

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I’ve now got better than 2020 vision. No more glasses for me! I’m extremely pleased with the results.

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Dr. Anton and his team have been nothing short of amazing through my journey in achieving better than 20-20 vision. Thank you!

Trish Toth

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Professional, thorough and gentle. Have been commending Dr Anton and the team to all my friends and family!

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Take the first step towards a life free from glasses and contacts

Take the first step towards a life free from glasses and contacts

The best way to find out if laser eye surgery is right for you is to have a free discovery appointment. You’ll get a clear answer from me on your suitability and treatment options.

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Who can laser eye surgery help?

If you see yourself in how I describe my ideal patients below, we can certainly help you enhance your every waking moment with amazing natural vision
I’m tired of outdated glasses and contact lenses

I’m tired of outdated glasses and contact lenses

Imagine waking up tomorrow and seeing clearly without having to scramble around for your glasses or going to the bathroom to put in your lenses? Every aspect of life becomes more enjoyable when you free yourself from the things that slow you down, hold you back and get in your way.

Embark on your next big adventure towards authentic vision by booking a free appointment today.

I'm very active but my glasses and contacts get in my way

I’m very active but my glasses and contacts get in my way

Spontaneity, fun and the unknown are key ingredients of a great adventure. But these aren’t words you often associate with glasses and contacts. Beach days, camping trips and late nights – or any activity that isn’t sleeping – requires you to consider your eyes first. *Yawn*, we feel bored just thinking about it.

Escape the barriers that hold you back from unleashing your full potential by booking a free appointment today.

I’m over 40 and fed-up of rummaging for my reading glasses

I’m over 40 and fed-up of rummaging for my reading glasses

The growing need for reading glasses and varifocals is a constant reminder that you’re getting older. Taking them on and off, leaving them at home or losing them can just about ruin any activity you had planned. Yes, of course, ageing is a fact of life, but that doesn’t make the frustration and hassle of visual aids any easier to accept.

Take the first step towards a new chapter of your life adventure by booking a free appointment today.

I'm over 50 and have noticed some haziness or cloudy vision

I’m over 40 and have noticed some haziness or cloudy vision

Later life should be about spending time with friends and family, enjoying a relaxing retirement, and appreciating everything life has to offer now the hard work is over. Unfortunately, cataracts and presbyopia can impair your daily routine and get in the way of many activities you once loved.

Be free from cataracts and visual aids and celebrate the everyday with exceptional natural vision by booking a free appointment today.

How does it work?

Change how you see the world in 3 easy steps

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Book a free appointment or give us a call on 1300 297 583 and we’ll help guide you towards a free appointment.

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WE’LL MEET

I’ll see you before treatment to ensure you’re a good candidate and treat you at my state-of-the-art refractive eye specialist clinic close to Melbourne CBD.

THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

I’ll supervise your aftercare as you begin to experience a new chapter of your life adventure without glasses or contact lenses.

Want to start your next adventure today?

Change how you see the world in 3 easy steps

REACH OUT

Book a free appointment or give us a call on 1300 297 583 and we’ll help guide you towards a free appointment.

Book a free appointment

WE’LL MEET

I’ll see you before treatment to ensure you’re a good candidate and treat you at my state-of-the-art refractive eye specialist clinic close to Melbourne CBD.

THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

I’ll supervise your aftercare as you begin to experience a new chapter of your life adventure without glasses or contact lenses. 

Take this quick quiz to discover if you could escape the barrier of glasses and contact lenses

Take this quiz to find out if you could be free from glasses or contacts

Not everyone can benefit from laser eye treatment – your options change depending on your eyes, age and lifestyle. Find out which type of treatment is right for you by taking this quick 2 min quiz:

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Links to authoritative resources on LASIK

Follow the links below for more information on LASIK

An overview of the benefits of LASIK. Click here for more information – Your Sight Matters

Studies show that LASIK has little negative effect and in fact, is now safer and more beneficial than ever. Click here for more information – Fox News

A review of LASIK terminology explains where the procedure stands today. Click here for more information – Healio

An overview of the success of LASIK in 2020. Click here for more information – Healio

About the expert

Dr Anton van Heerden, MBCHB; FRANZCO
Ophthalmologist & Laser Eye Surgeon

Based in Melbourne, but with a reputation that transcends borders, Dr Van Heerden sets the highest bar for laser vision correction surgery in Australia. While his skills and experience are second to none, it is his fun, caring and down to earth nature that truly set’s him apart from the rest. You can sit back and enjoy the journey knowing every detail has been carefully considered.

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