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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 glasses or contact lenses.

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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. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Whats new for refractive surgery?

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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Oral Surgery (Tip)

Oral Surgery

Stay on a soft or liquid diet as directed by your doctor. Take it easy for a few days after surgery. ...See 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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What's the minimum age for a refractive surgery?

21: Most ophthalmologists will do only adults who have a stable refraction. ...Read more

Dr. Zahid Niazi Dr. Niazi
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Physical rehabilitation (Tip)

Physical rehabilitation

Move it, move it - post surgery/injury. Best outcome. ...See 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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Is there something they will give me for anxiety when i'm doing the refractive surgery?

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 more

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Physical rehabilitation (Tip)

Physical rehabilitation

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

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

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 more

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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

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