Refractive eye surgery helps improve nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Below are some questions you may want to ask your health care provider.
Will this surgery help my type of vision problem?
How do I prepare for this surgery?
What happens during the surgery?
How do I take care of my eyes after surgery?
What will it be like right after surgery?
Do I need any follow-up appointments?
For what problems or symptoms should I call the doctor?
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Questions to ask when considering LASIK. San Francisco, CA. American Academy of Ophthalmology. Available at: http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/glasses-contacts-lasik/lasik-questions-to-ask.cfm. Accessed August 30, 2014.
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Updated by: Franklin W. Lusby, MD, ophthalmologist, Lusby Vision Institute, La Jolla, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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