Laser Not the Only Option for Nearsightedness
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While Intacs were not offered to Mulrain, she says she would still undergo
LASIK because she is so happy with the results. "I didn't have any of the
side effects that I was warned about either," she says.
"It's really a decision based on whether people want to stay with LASIK,
a procedure that has been around longer and that they know people who have
undergone, or try a newer technology that has the potential for removability or
adjustability down the road," says Daniel Durrie, MD, director of
refractory surgery for the Hunckler Eye Center in Kansas City, Mo. "Some
people may choose Intacs because it provides them with the ability to change
for a better technology if one is developed in 10 years or so," he tells
If you choose LASIK, Boxer Wachler suggests asking the surgeon if the
procedure is safe with your pupil size, because people with large pupils are at
greater risk for decreased night vision and halos (the glare that appears over
Also, he adds, make sure the surgeon you choose performs other types of eye
surgery so he or she is equipped to choose the procedure that is best for you.
"The surgeon needs to be well-versed in all the procedures, so he or she
can find the best treatment for you," Boxer Wachler tells WebMD.
Other questions that can help you pick a surgeon include inquiring how many
times the surgeon has performed LASIK and asking about his or her results,
Durrie adds. Also, "don't be afraid to ask to check some references, "
- Patients with mild nearsightedness may have an alternative to LASIK
surgery, known as Intacs.
- The procedure involves placing two tiny half rings within each eye to
reshape the cornea, and they are removable and easily adjustable in the
- One expert advises patients to find a surgeon who performs many types of
eye surgeries, so that he or she can help choose the best procedure for each