Refractive Surgery Coordination
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If you’re living with a refractive vision problem such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness, a refractive surgery could be a life-changing solution that can give you the freedom to do many things you previously couldn’t without reliance on corrective lenses.

Refractive surgery is a blanket term encompassing a range of surgical modalities whose goal is to improve the refractive state of the eye and consequently reduce or eliminate dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses.

The following are the most common types of refractive surgery:

  • Laser in-situ keratomileus (LASIK)- In this procedure, an eye surgeon makes a thin flap in the dome-shaped surface of the eye known as the cornea then reshape it to address the refractive problem.

  • Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)- Unlike LASIK, only the outermost layer of the cornea known as the epithelium is removed.

  • Refractive lens exchange (RLE)- Sometimes combined with LASIK, RLE involves replacing the eye’s natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to address severe refractive errors.

If freedom from glasses and contacts is your goal, the eye doctors at Site to See can help guide you toward the best course of action. An evaluation of your corneal integrity, a study of your refraction error and a few additional diagnostic tests can help determine if refractive surgery is right for you.