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AK – Astigmatic Keratotomy


Astigmatism is a common occurrence in which the corneal is not completely spherical, like a basketball, but rather has more of an oval shape, like that of a football.  This causes vision to be distorted.  Traditionally contact lenses and glasses have been used to correct astigmatism, but permanent solutions are now available that can reduce or even eliminate dependency on glasses and contact lenses. 

Astigmatic Keratotomy (AK) is a procedure that is effective in the treatment of astigmatism. In this vision correction procedure, Dr. Schnipper makes tiny incisions in the cornea to change its curvature. The incisions flatten the steep part of the cornea, making the eye more spherical. 

People are best suited for Astigmatic Keratotomy if they have minimal or moderate degrees of astigmatism.   Dr. Schnipper performs AK on patients who are having cataract and lens implant surgery.

We encourage you to schedule a consultation at Jacksonville Eye Center to determine if AK is right for you, especially if you are having cataract lens implant surgery and want freedom from glasses.