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Dr. Richard Wieder answered:

What do I need to do in order to get refractive surgery to correct astigmatism in eye ?

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Patients who are interested in refractive surgery for nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism should be screen by a refractive surgeon to determine if they are good candidates. If so, then their refractive errors can routinely be managed by LASIK or PRK.
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Dr. Ilan Cohen answered:

Whats new for refractive surgery?

Constantly changing

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The field of refractive surgery is constantly changing and improving. Refractive surgery is now a safe, proven and accurate alternative to glasses and contacts.
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How safe is photo-refractive surgery?

Very safe

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Rare complications include infection and further scarring. Eye drops help prevent this rare problem
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Dr. Ilan Cohen answered:

What are advantages of Refractive surgery prk?

No flap

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The advantages of PRK over LASIK are that it can be performed on thinner corneas as there is no flap to be cut. This also removes some possible complications. The down side is longer visual recovery and some post-operative pain. Consult a refractive specialist in order to see which procedure is best for you.
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Is the refractive surgery a risky thing to do?

No

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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.
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Dr. Richard Witlin answered:

Is there any of way to correct astigmatism besides refractive surgery?

Not exactly

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If you mean to permanently get rid of your astigmatism, the only way is through surgery. If you mean to correct your astigmatism so that you can see clearly, glasses or toric contact lenses will do this. But they do not eliminate the astigmatism, just optically correct for it.
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Whats disadvatages of having refractive surgery to correct myopia?

A few and minor

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Most refractive surgery is LASIK. The results are generally excellent but in a small degree of cases the correction may be a little off due to the biology (individual healing) of the patient and a certain number will find they have longer term eye dryness. All will need reading glasses when they get into their 40's.
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Dr. Andrew Shatz answered:

Are there any contacts that are good after refractive surgery?

Why?

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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.
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Dr. Tim Conrad answered:

What's the minimum age for a refractive surgery?

21

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Most ophthalmologists will do only adults who have a stable refraction.
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Dr. David G. O'Day answered:

Is there something they will give me for anxiety when I'm doing the refractive surgery?

Relax

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Relax. Everybody gets anxious before undergoing any kind of eye surgery, especially elective refractive eye surgery. The best thing your surgeon can do to alleviate your fears is to explain to you fully what you will experience undergoing the procedure, and what steps are taken to keep you comfortable and pain-free. Beyond that, you can take an oral medication to take the edge off your anxiety.
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