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Am I a good candidate for refractive surgery?

You might consider refractive surgery if you:

  • Wish to decrease your dependence on glasses or contact lenses;
  • Are free of eye disease;
  • Can accept the inherent risks and potential side effects of the procedure;
  • Have the appropriate refractive error.

While refractive surgery does offer some people an alternative to dependence on glasses or contact lenses, it’s not for everyone. You may not be a good candidate for refractive surgery if you are generally satisfied with glasses or contact lenses and unwilling to accept the uncertainty in the outcome of refractive procedures. Even after refractive surgery, certain people may still need to wear glasses or contacts. Surgery, contacts and glasses each have their benefits and drawbacks. The best method of correcting your vision should be decided after a thorough examination and discussion with your ophthalmologist.

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