Refractive surgery

refractive surgeryRefractive surgery is eye surgery that is performed in order to improve the refractive state of the eye; and thus to eliminate or decrease the need for glasses or contact lenses.

Refractive surgery can be either cornea-based or lens-based.

Corneal-based procedures include PRK- surface ablation; LASIK- flap creation followed by excimer laser; SMILE- creation of a lenticule cut by femtosecond laser, which is then removed.

LASIK can either be performed by manually cutting the flap using a device called a microkeratome; or by the use of a femtosecond laser to cut the flap. Thereafter, the bed is ablated using excimer laser.

Thorough assessment by your doctor will aid in finding out firstly, whether you are an eligible candidate for refractive surgery, and secondly, which method will be most suited to you and your needs.