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Refractive surgery refers to a group of surgical procedures aimed at correcting refractive errors of the eye, such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism, and presbyopia. These procedures are intended to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses by reshaping the cornea or using other techniques to enhance the eye’s focusing ability.

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What is refractive surgery?

What is refractive surgery?

Low vision rehabilitation is a specialized approach to help individuals with significant visual impairments make the most of their remaining vision. It involves a range of interventions, aids, and training to improve their quality of life and independence.

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What are the different types of refractive surgery?

Common types of refractive surgery include:

  • LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis): Uses a laser to reshape the cornea.
  • PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy): Similar to LASIK but does not involve creating a corneal flap.
  • SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction): A minimally invasive procedure that removes a small piece of corneal tissue to reshape it.
  • Lens Replacement Surgery (Refractive Lens Exchange): Replaces the natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to correct refractive errors.

Who is a good candidate for refractive surgery?

Good candidates for refractive surgery generally have stable vision prescriptions, healthy eyes, and realistic expectations about the outcome. Your eye care provider will perform a thorough evaluation to determine eligibility.

What is a Refractive Surgery?

Refractive surgery is a type of surgical procedure aimed at correcting vision problems by reshaping the cornea or, in some cases, by replacing the eye’s natural lens. The goal of refractive surgery is to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. Here’s a comprehensive overview of refractive surgery:

Types of Refractive Errors:

Myopia (Nearsightedness): Difficulty seeing distant objects clearly.

Hyperopia (Farsightedness): Difficulty focusing on close objects.

Astigmatism: Irregular curvature of the cornea or lens, causing blurred or distorted vision.

Presbyopia: Age-related difficulty in focusing on close objects.

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LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis):

Procedure: A thin flap is created on the cornea, and a laser is used to reshape the underlying tissue. The flap is then repositioned.
Suitable Candidates: Generally, candidates with stable vision prescriptions and healthy corneas.

Recovery: Rapid, with most patients experiencing improved vision within a day or two.

Other Refractive Surgery Options

Phakic Intraocular Lens (IOL) Implantation:

Procedure: A synthetic lens is inserted into the eye in addition to the natural lens, correcting refractive errors.

Suitable Candidates: Individuals with severe refractive errors or thin corneas.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE):

Procedure: The natural lens of the eye is replaced with an artificial lens, similar to cataract surgery.

Suitable Candidates: Often used for presbyopia or when cataracts are also present.



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