What is refractive surgery?
Surgical techniques using laser energy to treat myopia, astigmatism and hyperopia.
What do we know about this type of surgery?
Refractive surgery’s been used since 20 years. Results are excellent and an efficient pre-operative evaluation can lead to a successful procedure (patients’ satisfaction rate: 98%). More and more people are asking for this high end technology that is nowadays completely mastered by most practitioners not unlike iris implants.
Is refractive surgery efficient?
Studies reveal that almost 100% of the patients are satisfied with the results of their procedure and recommend it to their relatives. Techniques and technology used for those surgeries can deliver impressive results.
Are the results long-term?
Every case is different, but typically, if the patient’s vision has stabilized for at least a year, the results last a lifetime. It is always possible to adjust with a secondary procedure for those who need it (it is sometimes the case with patients with farsightedness).
Is refractive surgery popular?
It is developing into a standard treatment for vision problems. Nowadays:
- In Europe: 1 200 000 Lasik procedure and 30 000 phakic implants (used to treat severe myopia) every year.
- In the United States: 1 500 000 procedures every year.
Nowadays, more than 20 million patients worldwide underwent refractive surgery.
Is the procedure painful?
Anesthetic eye drops are applied to the patient’s eye, the procedure is therefore pain free. As the anesthetic wears off, it might feel like there’s something in your eye which is uncomfortable but the patient can’t scratch his eyes. This sensation will disappear 48 hours after the procedure.