If you are considering having surgery to improve nearsightedness, consider all the options (including LASIK, PRK, LASEK, epi-LASIK, corneal ring implants, intraocular lens implants and radial keratotomy), and discuss them with your doctor. Ask your doctor the questions that you have about surgery (for example, what are the risks, benefits and possible outcomes) so that you understand your options and can make the best decision.
PRK, LASEK, epi-LASIK and LASIK surgery have replaced radial keratotomy as the refractive surgeries chosen by most people.
There is no agreement about whether surface ablation surgeries are superior to LASIK, or vice versa, for people with mild to moderate nearsightedness. But with high degrees of nearsightedness, LASIK is often preferred because of the risk of clouding (haze) with PRK, LASEK and epi-LASIK.
The cost of refractive surgery varies in different locations, but this surgery can be very costly. Most insurance companies do not cover the cost of refractive surgery, because it is a cosmetic procedure.
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