Nearsightedness (Myopia) - Surgery
Of the three main types of
refractive surgery, RK has been in use the longest time. But PRK and LASIK are
now more commonly used. Studies suggest that laser surgery such as PRK and
LASIK is at least as accurate as radial keratotomy (RK) and has less risk of
overcorrection or troublesome side effects. But some
people may choose to wait for more information about the long-term outcomes of
laser surgery before they decide to have it.
If you find that
glasses or contact lenses are inconvenient, surgery to correct nearsightedness
may be appropriate. But nearsightedness is not a disease, and a nearsighted eye
is otherwise normal and healthy.
Weigh your desire to have clear
vision without glasses or contacts against the risks of surgery. Ask your eye
questions about surgery that you have (for example,
what are the risks, benefits, possible outcomes, and alternatives to surgery)
so that you have a good understanding of your options and can make the best
decision. To find out more about each surgery, use this
surgery information form.(What is a PDF document?)
Some people may
still need to wear glasses or contact lenses after surgery.
- Should I have laser surgery for nearsightedness?