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Is The Refractive Surgery A Risky Thing To Do
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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