Refractive surgery is a surgical procedure intended to improve the power of the eye’s ability to focus. The most commonly known refractive surgery is LASIK surgery. LASIK surgery uses a laser to correct the patient’s vision. This special laser works precisely and in a controlled manner to remove corneal tissue. The purpose of corneal tissue removal is to reshape the cornea, thereby changing its power to focus on objects near or far.

As you begin to consider LASIK surgery, first procure an initial baseline evaluation from your ophthalmologist. This evaluation determines if you are even a good candidate for the LASIK procedure. Many people are happy with LASIK surgery results; however, LASIK is only one of several types of options to correct eye focus issues. Additionally, LASIK surgery is not a permanent solution. Finally, it’s imperative to weigh the pros and cons of LASIK surgery; just like any medical procedure, there are some risks and complications involved. Be sure to discuss every side of the surgery with your eye care professional in order to make the most informed decision possible.

If you are considering LASIK surgery or other laser vision correction surgeries, contact Riverdale Ophthalmology for a comprehensive eye examination and pre-surgical evaluation.

If you received LASIK surgery in the past and have now developed a new, unusual, or worsening eye symptom post-surgery, contact Riverdale Ophthalmology as soon as possible.