This year, an estimated 1.5 million Americans will have refractive surgery. No doubt, even more Americans will contemplate having it. Should you have it done? The decision is particularly important because refractive surgery changes the most valued human sense – vision.
Refractive surgery is an eye care specialty for reducing dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The term, “refractive surgery” refers to several procedures, including LASIK, lens implants, and several emerging techniques. Refractive surgery is not a single event but a process that begins with a careful preoperative evaluation and ends with regular postoperative care. In fact, the pre- and post-operative exams are more important than the surgery for maximizing the likelihood of a success.