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Why is 20/20 used to represent "perfect" vision?

Actually “20/20 vision” is not at all “perfect vision.” Perhaps an eye doctor told you something like that at the risk of over- simplification. 20/20 (or 6/6 in metric) simply means that distance vision is “normal” in terms of the size...

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Is LASIK more successful on younger patients?

The short answer is: yes. But to answer the question is actually more complicated than it might seem. We need to know what “successful” means to you. LASIK is not a broad, over-reaching treatment for “bad vision.” It is the reshaping of the cornea...

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Correcting Farsightedness

Farsightedness generally means that distance vision is better than near vision. The term usually refers to what doctors call “presbyopia,” the age-related loss of near vision due to the gradual hardening of the natural lens of the eye. Presbyopia, by itself, does...

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Pros and Cons of ICL

An implantable “contact lens” (ICL) is a kind of intraocular lens (IOL), like in cataract surgery. In the latter case, a new, artificial lens implant replaces the natural lens which has become discolored and hardened with age and (cataract) . In the case of an...

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LASIK with Keratome vs. Intralase SBK

What is the difference betweek LASIK surgery done with Keratome vs. Intralase SBK? Which one is better? If everything goes well, there is really not much difference at all in the safety or visual outcomes. All LASIK involves 2 steps: 1) Cutting a very thin flap from the...

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Would you wear glasses or have LASIK?

Well, actually I have had LASIK. It was performed over 25 years ago and yes, I am doing fine. I have to wear reading glasses some now, but that was expected. Because most nearsighted people today have access to and can successfully wear contact lenses, LASIK is hardly a...

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Will glasses become a thing of the past?

Will glasses become a thing of the past as technology increases?  “Needing glasses” can be considered shorthand for what eye doctors call having a “refractive error” in one’s vision. Nearsightedness (myopia) is where distance vision is...

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What factors should I consider before opting for laser treatment for correcting myopia?

Many factors should be considered before deciding to undergo Laser Vision Correction. While the overwhelming majority of patients are thrilled with the results, it is not 100%. And there are some who wish they had never had it done. Perhaps the biggest factor is having a...

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