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LASIK Patient Guide

LASIK Patient Guide

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LASIK Patient Guide
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Is LAsIK for Me?
A Patit’s Guid to Rractiv Surgry
Octor 2008
 
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Is LAsIK for Me?
A Patit’s Guid to Rractiv Surgry
TAble O COnTenTSlASIK: A COMPReHenSIVe GUIDe
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lASIK: A COMPReHenSIVe GUIDe
Itroductio
Is LASIK surgery the right choice or you? LASIK has delighted millions o patientsworldwide, but it is not suited or everyone. As a patient, it is important that you havea clear understanding o the surgery, the procedure’s advantages and risks, and whetheror not you would make a good candidate.Tat’s why the American Academy o Ophthalmology and the International Societyo Reractive Surgery have developed this comprehensive guide on LASIK. It providesobjective inormation rom the country’s leading LASIK experts, the U.S. Food andDrug Administration (FDA) and the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company.LASIK was rst approved or use by the FDA in  and has been gaining steadilyin popularity. Each year, approximately , Americans have the procedure andthe vast majority o patients are happy with their results. As with all surgery, however,there are risks associated with the procedure. As a result, some patients have experi-enced complications or side eects that have negatively aected their eyes and qualityo lie. Te inormation provided here is intended to help you:Understand what LASIK is;
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Be aware o what would make you a good or poor candidate or LASIK;
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Be aware o and understand the possible risks and complications o LASIK;
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Select a surgeon;
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Evaluate LASIK advertising; and
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Become amiliar with the Inormed Consent process.
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 what Is lASIK?
lASIK (asr i situ kratomiusis)
is an outpatient surgical procedure used totreat nearsightedness, arsightedness, and astigmatism. LASIK cannot reverse presby-opia, the age-related loss o close-up ocusing power, which mainly aects near vision.With LASIK, the ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) uses a laser to reshape the cornea,which is located at the ront o the eye. Tis improves the way the eye ocuses light raysonto the retina, at the back o the eye, allowing or better vision.
With normal vision, light rays ocus directly on the retina.

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