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LASER EYE SURGERY:
WHAT A PATIENT SHOULD KNOW

Laser eye surgery is currently performed on approximately one million eyes worldwide every year, and this number will only increase in years to come. It is important to find a professional to answer your questions concerning your nearsighted or farsighted conditions in addition to any astigmatism you may have.

When selecting a surgeon, investigate their results. In this arena, experience speaks for itself. A minimum of 500 cases is a good rule of thumb when performing primary evaluations. Has the surgeon's record reflected more than 90% of their partients seeing 20/20 or better? Is an enhancement surgery performed in the ramaining 10% of their cases? Overall, do patients give happy feedback? Will the surgeon allow an email or phone call for a testimonial from their patients? If any complications were experienced, what were they and how were they resolved? Keep in mind that every surgeon has had a few minor complications during their career. This is mainly to test bedside manner and character.

A good place to start is the nature of the laser vision doctor who will be performing the operation on the only pair of eyes you have. Meet the Lasik surgeon for a free consultation and talk to him/her for a few minutes.

In the same manner the lens of a camera focuses light to create an image on film, the cornea focuses light to create an image on the retina. The bending and focusing of light during this process is known as refraction. The image formed on the retina is usually blurred, out-of-focus, or distorded due to the fact that the shapes of the eye and cornea are not perfect. These imperfections are called refractive errors. Refractive errors can be divided into three categories: Myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.

Despite the popularity of Lasik, it is only one of many types of refractive surgical procedures you may desire.

To explore the different types of refractive surgery, click here.
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