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Advantages and Disadvantages of Surgery for Nearsightedness

Advantages of surgery

  • You may no longer need to wear glasses or contacts after surgery.
  • You may not have to bother with the daily cleaning and care of contact lenses.
  • Surgery may turn out to be less expensive than glasses or contact lenses over the long term, if you don't need corrective lenses after surgery.

Disadvantages of surgery

  • Some people still need glasses after surgery but are no longer able to wear contacts. (This is not typical for PRK or LASIK.)
  • The long-term risks of surgery are still unknown.
  • Surgery has a risk of complications. (Complications that threaten vision are rare, though.)
  • Skilled surgeons may not be available in all areas.
  • Surgery and follow-up care are expensive.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
Last Revised June 24, 2011

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