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Is the refractive surgery a risky thing to do?

Is the refractive surgery a risky thing to do?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. David Kira
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Refractive Surgery (Definition)

LASIK is eye surgery that permanently changes the shape of the cornea (the clear covering on the front of the eye) in order to improve vision and reduce a person's dependency on ...Read more


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Whats new for refractive surgery?

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. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after refractive surgery?

1-2 weeks: With lasik, the most commonly performed refractive surgery, the vision is better even after one day. However it takes a week or two to heal. ...Read more

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Are there any contacts that are good after refractive surgery?

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. ...Read more

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Heard that if your eyesight is worse that -6.00 then you can't get refractive surgery anymore, is that right?

Myopia: No there are definitely options available to correct this level of refractive error. Much of whether surgery is suitable for you will be dependent on your eye anatomy (e.g. cornea thickness), eye history (e.g. lack of dry eyes), and refractive progression (e.g. having a stable prescription for over a year). ...Read more

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How safe is photo-refractive surgery?

How safe is photo-refractive surgery?

Very safe: Rare complications include infection and further scarring. Eye drops help prevent this rare problem. ...Read more

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What are advantages of refractive surgery prk?

What are advantages of refractive surgery prk?

No flap: 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. ...Read more

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Can you have refractive surgery on a 12 year old?

Not usually: Most ophthalmologists want to make sure that your prescription is not changing before proceeding with refractive surgery. That is not the case for a 12 year old. Most people do not have a stable prescription until they are at least 18, maybe even a bit older. ...Read more

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Can vision worsen after laser refractive surgery?

Can vision worsen after laser refractive surgery?

Yes: Lasik generally gives excellent vision after the first week of healing. But this is a biological system and the tissues can modify over time. We call this regression and it usually adds some degree of myopia over time. For those in which this happens, it is usually minor but if it is significant, an "enhancement" procedure can be done to reverse the regression. Discuss with your lasik doc. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Chang
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Refractive Error (Definition)

Refractive error is an eye condition where there is a problem in focusing when viewing objects. Nearsightedness and farsightedness are ...Read more