BACK TOTOP Browse A-ZSearchBrowse A-ZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0-9 E-mail FormEmail ResultsName:Email address:Recipients Name:Recipients address:Message: Print-FriendlyBookmarksbookmarks-menuRefractive corneal surgery - what to ask your doctorWhat to ask your doctor about refractive eye surgery; Nearsightedness surgery - what to ask your doctor; LASIK - what to ask your doctor; Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis - what to ask your doctor; Laser vision correction - what to ask your doctor; PRK - what to ask your doctor; SMILE - what to ask your doctorRefractive eye surgery helps improve nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Below are some questions you may want to ask your health care provider.NearsightednessNearsightedness is when light entering the eye is focused incorrectly. This makes distant objects appear blurred. Nearsightedness is a type of refr...Read Article Now Book Mark Article FarsightednessFarsightedness is having a harder time seeing objects that are close than things that are far away. The term is often used to describe the need for r...Read Article Now Book Mark Article AstigmatismAstigmatism is a type of refractive error of the eye. Refractive errors cause blurred vision. They are the most common reason why a person goes to ...Read Article Now Book Mark Article QuestionsWill this surgery help my type of vision problem?Will I still need glasses or contact lenses after the surgery? Will it help with seeing things that are far away? With reading and seeing things close up? Can I have surgery on both eyes at the same time? How long will the results last? What are the risks of having the surgery? Will the surgery be done with the latest technology? How do I prepare for this surgery?Do I need a physical exam by my regular doctor? Can I wear my contact lenses before the surgery? Can I use makeup? What if I am pregnant or nursing? Do I need to stop taking my medicines beforehand? What happens during the surgery?Will I be asleep or awake? Will I feel any pain? How long will the surgery last? When will I be able to go home? Will I need someone to drive for me? How do I take care of my eyes after surgery?What type of eye drops will I use? How long will I need to take them? Can I touch my eyes? When can I take a shower or bath? When can I swim? When will I be able to drive? Work? Exercise? Are there any activities or sports that I will not be able to do after my eyes are healed? Will the surgery cause cataracts? What will it be like right after surgery?Will I be able to see? Will I have any pain? Are there any side effects I should expect to have? How soon will it be before my eyesight gets to its best level? If my vision is still blurry, will more surgery help? Do I need any follow-up appointments?For what problems or symptoms should I call the provider?Open ReferencesReferencesAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology website. Questions to ask when considering LASIK. www.aao.org/eye-health/treatments/lasik-questions-to-ask. Updated December 12, 2015. Accessed September 23, 2020.Taneri S, Mimura T, Azar DT. Current concepts, classification, and history of refractive surgery. In: Yanoff M, Duker JS, eds. Ophthalmology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2019:chap 3.1.Thulasi P, Hou JH, de la Cruz J. Preoperative evaluation for refractive surgery. In: Yanoff M, Duker JS, eds. Ophthalmology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2019:chap 3.2.Turbert D. What is small incision lenticule extraction. American Academy of Ophthalmology website. www.aao.org/eye-health/treatments/what-is-small-incision-lenticule-extraction. Updated April 29, 2020. Accessed September 23, 2020. AllVideoImagesTogTalking to your MD Refractive corneal surgery - what to ask your doctor Tests for Refractive corneal surgery - what to ask your doctor RefractionRelated Information Vision problems(Symptoms)LASIK eye surgery(Surgery) Review Date: 8/18/2020 Reviewed By: Franklin W. Lusby, MD, ophthalmologist, Lusby Vision Institute, La Jolla, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team. The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997- © 1997- All rights reserved. A.D.A.M. content is best viewed in IE9 or above, Firefox and Google Chrome browser.Content is best viewed in IE9 or above, Firefox and Google Chrome browser.