When Is Surgery Indicated

Refractive laser eye surgery is an elective procedure.

It is not a requirement for health or survival. Corrective surgery is a benefit of
modern technology and medicine, an option that can enhance the quality of life.

Some reasons why patients elect to have refractive surgery:

  • Some wish to be independent of their spectacles, contact lenses, or are unable to wear their contact lenses due to dry eye problems or contact lens solution allergies.
  • Some select surgery to enable them to participate in certain sports such as windsurfing, swimming, mountain climbing, scuba diving, water skiing, or for certain occupations, such as the police force.
  • Others feel visually and socially restricted by spectacles or contact lenses.

Laser vision correction is aimed at reducing your dependence on glasses or contact lenses, helping to improve your quality of life.

Your surgeon will be able to answer any questions concerning the advantages and disadvantages of spectacles, contact lenses, orthokeratology and contact lens implants compared to laser surgery, and will advise on the best form of treatment for you.