Successful refractive surgery may help you better enjoy your life at home, at work and at play. But before choosing refractive surgery, talk with your eye doctor and get all the facts. Find out what refractive surgery can and can’t do. Knowing the risks will help you make an informed decision.

The Choice Is Yours

Refractive surgery has risks and limitations:
• Even after surgery, you may need to wear glasses or contacts for some activities. For example, if you’re over 40 you may need reading glasses, even if you don’t use them now.
• After surgery you’ll have a recovery period of weeks or months. During this time, activities such as driving and certain sports may be restricted.
• If your first refractive surgery doesn’t produce the desired result, you may need to have a second procedure (enhancement).
• Any surgery involves risk. Be sure that you understand the possible risks and complications of each type of surgery before making a decision.

What You Should Consider

Discuss your medical history with your eye doctor. Refractive surgery may not be for you if you:
• Do not have stable vision.
• Have a vision problem that is too severe.
• Have a condition that slows healing or increases your risk of infection.
• Have an eye disease, such as advanced glaucoma or cataracts.
• Are taking certain medications.
• Are pregnant or nursing, or are planning to become pregnant in the near future.

Vision for the future

Your vision is precious. If you choose refractive surgery, you’ll need to see your eye care team for follow-up visits. This will help you to recover more quickly. And it reduces the risk of complications. You’ll also need to take good care of your eyes to preserve the gains you’ve made. Regular eye exams will help you to keep your vision clear and your eyes healthy. So can protecting your eyes from sunlight and taking care of your general health. Maintaining good vision can help you make the most of what life has to offer. Your eye care team can help.