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I was told my vision is 20/50 although I have no type of vision impairment nor do I need correction. I was told that’s good vision. Especially for aviation. Is that true?

Are you sure your eye doctor didn't say you had 20/15 visual acuity? That would sound a lot like 20/fifty but would be much more likely. Many people think 20/20 means "perfect" vision but this is not the case at all. "20/20 means "normal" visual acuity at distance. When...

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Does insurance cover LASIK surgery?

No. LASIK, like all refractive surgery, is considered for medical and optical purposes to be an elective procedure. Like most plastic surgery, it is not covered by insurance. Occasionally there may some sort of discount available for LASIK by certain insurance plans,...

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Why is it better to wear contacts rather than glasses when you have myopia?

It may not provide "better" visual acuity to wear contacts (or have LASIK) but the latter can often provide a more "natural" kind of vision. The higher your glasses Rx if you are nearsighted, the more distortion you will experience in what you see, even if you can read...

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Which is better to have, nearsightedness or farsightedness?

It depends on your age and the sorts of preferred activities you do most of the time. Most professional athletes are mild to moderately hyperopic (the non-age-related farsightedness). They typically see better than 20/20 at a distance -which comes in very useful for...

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Is Lasik surgery permanent?

What a great question! The short answer is "Yes." But that would be a very misleading response if you realize you cannot take it at face value: The flattening effect on the cornea of the eye with LASIK is definitely permanent. Your cornea will not grow back to its...

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What eye drops help to eliminate cataracts?

There are no medical (or other) drops that can eliminate cataracts, despite what you may hear. _Written by J. Trevor Woodhams, M.D. - Chief of Surgery, Woodhams Eye Clinic

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Am I legally blind? My right eye is -12.50 and my left is -9.25. And when I asked a LASIK counselor they said that my right eye will never be 20/20.

Well, there are actually several different issues at work here, so a "Yes or No" answer is not possible. First: What does it mean to be "legally blind?" In most states, if you have distance visual acuity less than 20/200 that is not correctable with glasses/contact...

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At what age do people become the most susceptible to cataracts?

What we call a "cataract" is the late-stage, age-related, discolored, natural lens of the eye. Since the word "cataract" is a noun, we are led to think of it as a thing, when it might be more understandable if it were thought of as a "process:" the slow, age-related...

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