LASER REFRACTIVE SURGERY
LASIK and PRK are types of ‘refractive surgery’ intended to reduce a person’s reliance on contact lenses or spectacles. Both procedures can correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism.
Both LASIK and PRK apply the excimer laser to reshape the cornea. They are done as an outpatient and require only topical (drops) anesthesia.
Am I eligible for refractive surgery?
To be eligible, you must be
over 18 years old
have a stable spectacle correction
have adequately thick corneas
have no ophthalmic disease
have no medical diseases that contradict refractive surgery
Is there risk to Laser Refractive Surgery?
Refractive surgery is a low-risk procedure, but no procedure is without risk. Risks may include infection, halos or glare, dryness, less that precise mathematical correction.
Will I need reading glasses after refractive surgery?
Refractive surgery cannot take away the need for reading glasses (presbyopia), but, when deemed appropriate, the two eyes can be corrected differently so as to allow one eye to see far and the other to read. This approach requires discussion with your ophthalmologist.