What is Refractive Surgery?

Refractive surgery is a specialty field in ophthalmology that utilizes advanced surgical procedures to correct common vision problems including:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Astigmatism
  • Presbyopia or ageing eyes

The goal of refractive surgery is to help patients reduce or, in some cases, eliminate their need for prescription eyeglasses and/or contact lenses. Refractive surgery might be a good option for you if:

  • You want to decrease your dependence on glasses or contact lenses
  • Your eyes are otherwise healthy/free of eye disease
  • You acknowledge that all surgery comes with some – even a slight chance – of risk and you can accept the inherent risks and potential side effects of the procedure
  • You understand that you could still need glasses or contacts after the procedure to achieve your best vision
  • You have an treatable refractive error as determined by a qualified refractive surgeon

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