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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 glasses or contact lenses.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Relax: 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Be aware that there are specialists in all areas these days. This applies to rehabilitation from surgery or injuries as well. I would advise you to seek out the experts and then let their advice become your routine. Time and space separate you from whatever initiated the damage. Focus on what you have and then go from there. Some of us will pass through life without splitting a toenail. Most of the rest of us are not so lucky. ...See more
Not exactly: 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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