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Refractive surgery encompasses a variety of procedures and technologies that correcting common eye conditions such as hyperopia (farsightedness) and myopia (nearsightedness). These procedures ultimately change the characteristics of the eye that provide focus, thus achieving a clearer image. These surgeries may change the shape of the cornea, utilize an artificial lens, or alter the eye in other ways.

Refractive surgery offers millions of eyeglass and contact lens wearers new alternatives for improving their vision. While most people realize the benefits of corrections offered by wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses, few understand the technology, benefits, and risks associated with refractive surgery. Anyone considering refractive surgery should consider all options and speak with a ProMedica Physicians Vision Associates eye doctor. Don’t forget to review the procedural benefits and possible risks with your primary care physician.

ProMedica Physicians Vision Associates upholds the highest standard of care. If you have refractive vision challenges, such as farsightedness (hyperopia), nearsightedness (myopia), presbyopia, or astigmatism, refractive surgery can be a suitable method for improving or correcting your vision. There are various surgical procedures for correcting focus, or adjusting the eye’s ability to focus, by reshaping the cornea. Other procedures involve implanting a lens inside your eye. The most widely known and frequently performed types of refractive surgery is LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis), where the cornea is reshaped by using a laser.

For nearsighted patients, certain refractive surgery techniques can be used to reduce the curvature of the cornea. This lessens the focusing power of the eye and corrects the nearsightedness. Alternatively, patients who are farsighted can have refractive surgery procedures that increase the focusing power of the eye. Astigmatism can be corrected with refractive surgery techniques that reshape portions of an irregular cornea to make it smooth and symmetrical.

ProMedica Physicians Vision Associates will provide you with information about the techniques and procedures that are available to correct your condition.

Refractive surgery might be a good option for you, if you:

  • Want to decrease your dependence on glasses or contact lenses
  • Are free of eye disease
  • Accept the inherent risks and potential side effects of the procedure
  • Understand that you could still need glasses or contacts after the procedure to achieve your best vision
  • Have an appropriate refractive error

There is no universally accepted, best method for correcting refractive errors. The best option for you should be decided after a thorough examination and discussion with your ProMedica Physicians Vision Associates ophthalmologist. If you are considering refractive surgery, you and your ophthalmologist can discuss your lifestyle and vision needs to determine the most appropriate procedure for you.