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Refractive Surgery (LASIK)

  • What is Refractive Surgery (LASIK)?

    Refractive surgery refers to any surgery that is done to correct a refractive error in your eye. A refractive error is present if you cannot clearly focus your eye and need to wear spectacles or contact lenses. The most common refractive errors are:

    • Myopia – difficulty in seeing distant objects clearly (short-sightedness)
    • Hyperopia – difficulty in seeing close objects clearly  (long-sightedness)
    • Astigmatism – distorted vision resulting from an irregularly curved cornea
    • Presbyopia – age-related difficulty in reading or seeing close objects clearly

    Refractive surgery is usually done by a laser. The laser procedure changes the shape of the cornea to correct the error in your vision. Hence, the surgery is also known as LASIK, which refers to ‘laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis’.

  • You may need to have refractive surgery if you have short-sightedness, long-sightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia and do not want to wear spectacles or contact lenses. Benefits of refractive surgery include:

    • Quick recovery of vision
    • Relatively pain-free
    • Well-established procedure
    • Has very few complications
  • At Parkway East Hospital, you can look forward to receive treatment in a warm and comforting environment. Our friendly staff and specialists are here to see you through each step of your journey towards recovery.

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