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    Refractive Surgery- LASIK and Beyond

    Introduction

    It is estimated that more than 70 million Americans are nearsighted, and millions more are farsighted or have significant astigmatism. The majority of these individuals are reliant upon eyeglasses or contact lenses for clear vision. Despite great improvements in the visual quality achievable with modern lenses, many would prefer to leave their glasses and contacts behind in favor of good, unaided vision.

    The first refractive surgical procedure, radial keratotomy (RK) was introduced to the United States from Russia in 1978. Since then, numerous other surgical options have become available for the correction of refractive errors, and surgical vision correction now ranks among the most commonly performed elective surgical procedures in the U.S. The following information is provided to educate you about the surgical choices available, and to help you decide if refractive surgery is right for you.