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Corrective Eye Surgery Advice

An increasing number of our patients ask us whether or not they are viable candidates for corrective eye surgery.  While corrective eye surgery is certainly a lot less expensive than it used to be, there are still lots of important considerations for you to mull over before proceeding.  Whether or not to pursue corrective surgery is complicated by the numerous advertising campaigns and supposed no obligation informational sessions run by the surgeons who perform corrective eye surgery.

An increasing number of our patients ask us whether or not they are viable candidates for corrective eye surgery.  While corrective eye surgery is certainly a lot less expensive than it used to be, there are still lots of important considerations for you to mull over before proceeding.  Whether or not to pursue corrective surgery is complicated by the numerous advertising campaigns and supposed no obligation informational sessions run by the surgeons who perform corrective eye surgery.

Presently, the most popular type of corrective eye surgery is Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK).  LASIK, which treats nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, involves the surgeon’s cutting a flap in the cornea then using an excimer laser to remove material under the flap to reshape the cornea for improved vision.  While many folks think LASIK is the only kind of refractive surgery, but there are many other types of eye surgeries for improving vision.   Also, while many folks think LASIK is a cure-all for their vision problems, this is not necessarily the case.  Some may experience improved vision with corrective surgery but still require spectacles.  Others simply may not be good candidates for corrective surgery.

 

Unlike the doctors who are attempting to sell a particular procedure, neither of our doctors have any financial stake in whether or where you decide to go for corrective surgery.  For that reason, Drs. Bloom and Williams will give you the straight story, including for example, what to realistically expect given your prescription and other factors.  We will also recommend particular surgeon based on our experience:  remember, we see thousands of patients each year.  This lets us hear about our patients’ experiences with dozens of surgeons and lets us see the results of the corrective surgeries.

If you are considering eye surgery, you might also look at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, which provides useful information regarding LASIK and other types of corrective eye surgery.  Or feel free to set up an appointment with Dr. Bloom or Dr. Williams to discuss your options.

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