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A 47-year-old member asked:

how safe is photo-refractive surgery?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Very safe: Rare complications include infection and further scarring. Eye drops help prevent this rare problem.

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A 50-year-old member asked:

Is the refractive surgery a risky thing to do?

2 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
No: Unless you are a poor candidate (various reasons). If you have a stable low amount of a simple, regular refractive error with a normal thick cornea and a healthy eye plus informed reasonable expectations, then the risk is small.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Are there any contacts that are good after refractive surgery?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Why?: What happened during the refractive surgery to require you to still wear prescription lenses? After corneal surgery, it is a little more tricky (and expensive) to find a comfortable-fitting contact lens. You should first find out what surgical options there are to keep you out of contacts.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Whats new for refractive surgery?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Constantly changing: The field of refractive surgery is constantly changing and improving. Refractive surgery is now a safe, proven and accurate alternative to glasses and contacts.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Tell me about icl vs lasik - refractive surgery?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Many differences!: This is too complex to answer in this forum, but each surgery works well! for a very complete discussion of this topic, please go to <a href="http://www.2020vision.Com/lasik_vs_icl.Html">icl compared to lasik</a>.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What are the risks of refractive surgery and how common are they?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arun Gulani
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Ref surgery risks: Risks for refractive surgery range from inadequate to over correction of error to visually debilitating consequences. I believe the best way to avoid these is to seek an expereinced and dedicated surgeon who performs more than one technique so the surgery is customized to your eyes and not limited to their abilities. No " one size fits all".

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