Refractive surgery is used to improve your vision and specifically to correct your focusing ability through reshaping the cornea (the clear dome over the front of your eye). One of the most popular refractive surgeries is Lasik surgery, where a laser reshapes the corner, however, there are other types of refractive surgeries that include even implanting a lens inside your eye.
What Can Refractive Surgery Be Used For?
- Nearsightedness (Myopia): The ability to see objects clearly that are close up, but not able to see objects clearly that are far away.
- Farsightedness (Hyperopia): The ability to see objects clearly that are far away, but not able to see objects clearly that are close up.
- Astigmatism (Presbyopia): A defect in the eye’s spherical curvature, resulting in distorted images.
In the case of someone who is nearsighted, their focusing power may be too strong, so refractive surgery can lessen the slope and curvature of the cornea.
For farsighted people, the opposite is the case, and refractive surgery will make the curves of one’s cornea steeper to improve the individual’s focusing power.
Candidates with astigmatism can have that corrected with refractive surgery, by portions of the irregular cornea being made smooth and symmetrical. Otherwise, light can be distorted through the retina, making it more difficult to focus clearly.
Are You A Good Candidate For Refractive Surgery?
- Yes, if you are interested in decreasing your dependence on contacts and/or glasses.
- Yes, if you are free of eye disease.
- Yes, if you have clear expectations and understand that you still may need to use glasses after the procedure in order to still better your vision.
- Yes, if you have an appropriate refractive error.
- Yes, if you are willing to accept the usual risks and potential side effects that can come along with the procedure.
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