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Why do nearsighted (or short-sighted) people sometimes gain better far/distance vision when their eyes are developing cataracts?

A cataract is the natural lens that has undergone age-related degenerative changes. So as a lens, it has a prescription, much like your glasses have a prescription. As the natural lens goes through the age-related degeneration that results in it becoming a cataract, the...

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Does Lasik weaken the cornea?

All laser vision correction procedures that work on the cornea will "weaken" it to at least some degree. The "trick" is to minimize any structural weakening of the cornea to an acceptable range while still achieving full correction of the myopia ( nearsightedness). There...

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Can your eyesight get bad again after laser eye surgery like SMILE?

Not sure if your question is asking about SMILE in particular or just about laser vision correction in general. Fortunately, the answer is basically the same for LASIK, PRK, and SMILE. These procedures do not actually "make bad vision good" although that is indirectly...

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Is ICL (implantable collamer lens) surgery safe/recommended for someone in their early 20s?

I believe so. Assuming you have a normal eye exam and meet the FDA indications, the ICL is a safe and valuable alternative to LASIK in treating myopia and astigmatism. An experienced surgeon who has already climbed the learning curve is a good idea as well. Since the...

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What are the best choices for lens implants (IOLs) for people who will have cataract surgery and have also had RK and LASIK yet have poor vision?

There is definitely a significant effect on your cataract/IOL (Intraocular lens) surgery from any previous corneal surgery, whether RK, LASIK, or PRK. This is because the cornea will still be providing about 2/3 of the focus, regardless of what type of lens you have....

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Does cataract surgery give you 20/20 vision?

It depends on what you mean by "20/20 vision." Many people mistakenly think 20/20 refers to both reading and far vision when it is actually just distance. You also need to specify "corrected (by glasses) 20/20" or "uncorrected 20/20" after the...

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Is cataract surgery covered by health insurance?

The short answer is "Yes." Many people are unsure whether eye surgery is supposed to be a Vision Insurance or Health (called Major Medical) Insurance benefit. Vision Insurance is generally for routine eye exams, glasses, and contact lenses. Doctors of Optometry are the...

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Is Lasik more effective on short or farsighted patients?

LASIK is predominantly a treatment for near/short-sightedness, i.e. blurry vision far off. While it is possible to treatment certain types of farsightedness (difficulty with vision up close), LASIK does not directly treat the most common type (presbyopia). Rather it makes...

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