What Is Refractive Surgery?
Refractive surgery can correct refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or presbyopia. Some of these surgeries reshape the cornea. Others implant a lens in your eye. Either way, the goal is the same. These surgeries focus light correctly on the retina so you can see more clearly.
The most common refractive surgery is LASIK. Other common surgeries include PRK and SMILE. There are several other options as well.
Refractive surgery might be a good choice if you:
- Have an appropriate refractive error;
- Want to decrease your need for glasses or contacts;
- Are free of eye disease;
- Accept the risks and possible side effects of the surgery;
- Understand that you could still need glasses or contacts to see your best.
There is no best method for correcting refractive errors. Talk with your ophthalmologist about your best options after an eye exam. Discuss your specific lifestyle and vision needs. Sometimes the best choice may be to stick with your glasses or contact lenses.
Glasses and contacts