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What are the risks of refractive surgery?

There are a lot of risks associated with refractive surgery, and many possible unknown risks regarding this new technology. Vision can be completely lost or severely affected. Some people have problems seeing at night, lose vision in certain areas of their vision field, see halos and glaring spots, or require glasses to further correct the problems. People with extremely sever astigmatism might not be able to be surgically fixed. Dry eyes are commonly a problem as the eye can no longer produce enough natural tears. It is important to weigh these risks both with a doctor and alone.

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