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Can I have lasik surgery if I am near-sighted?

By October 6, 2008 - 9:33am
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I would love to get lasik surgery on my eyes. My husband and a good friend have each had it done, with very good results. However, they were farsighted, and I am nearsighted. I understand that the process works better on farsighted people. Is this true?

I am an artist and my near vision is very important to me. I'd love to be able to see in the distance without contacts or glasses, but I'd hate it if I hurt my perfect near vision in the process. Does anyone have any information or personal experience with this?

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Hi Anne,

According to the Mayo Clinic, you can receive Lasik if you are nearsighted. Here's what they have to say along with a few other procedures:

Refractive surgery
This treatment corrects nearsightedness by reshaping the curvature of your cornea. Refractive surgery methods include:

* Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK). LASIK is a procedure in which an ophthalmologist uses an instrument called a keratome or a special laser called a femtosecond laser to make a thin, circular hinged cut into your cornea. Your eye surgeon then uses a different type of laser, called an excimer laser, to remove layers from the center of your cornea to flatten its domed shape.
* Laser-assisted subepithelial keratomileusis (LASEK). Instead of creating a flap in the cornea, the surgeon creates a flap only in the cornea's thin protective cover (epithelium). Your surgeon will use an excimer laser to reshape the cornea's outer layers and flatten its curvature and then reposition the epithelial flap. To encourage healing, a bandage contact lens is worn for several days after this procedure.
* Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). This procedure is similar to LASEK, except the surgeon removes the epithelium. It will grow back naturally, conforming to your cornea's new shape. Like LASEK, PRK requires the use of a bandage contact lens following the procedure.
* Anterior chamber intraocular lens (IOL) implant. These lenses are surgically implanted into the eye, in front of the eye's natural lens. They may be an option for people with moderate to severe myopia, although their use is controversial and they aren't widely used.

All eye surgeries have some degree of risk, and possible complications from these eye procedures include infection, corneal scarring, vision loss and visual aberrations, such as seeing halos around lights at night. Discuss the potential risks with your doctor.

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October 6, 2008 - 10:56am
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