What Does Refractive Surgery Mean?

Posted by administration on March 24, 2016

Refractive_Surgery.jpgRefractive eye surgery is eye surgery that is performed to eliminate or reduce dependency on contact lenses or glasses, although some people still need prescription eye glasses or contacts after the procedure. It is used to improve the refractive state of the eye which improves natural vision. 

Refractive surgery can include a variety of methods of surgery that remodel or change the cornea or can include cataract surgery.  Excimer lasers are used most commonly to reshape the curvature of the cornea.  Refractive surgery is a way to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia and some types of astigmatism.  The most widely performed type of refractive surgery is LASIK.

If you are interested in reducing your dependence on contact lenses or eye glasses, are free of eye disease, and would like to investigate refractive surgery as an option, please call Great Plains Eye Specialists in Rapid City to schedule a consultation.

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