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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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Why do they replace your eye lens during cataract surgery instead of just cleaning the lenses?

Your question illustrates the unintended consequences of using what is arguably an outdated term: "cataract." Being 1) a noun and 2) requiring surgical removal to fix, a "cataract" seems similar in nature to a "tumor" or a "gall bladder." But "cataract" is the word we...

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Is there a way to get my eyesight better without glasses because I had an IOL lens implant) after cataract surgery about 15 years ago?

Yes, it is indeed possible to have LASIK or PRK in many cases of what eye doctors call "residual ametropia" following cataract/IOL surgery. Its safety and efficacy would depend, of course, on several things that would need careful evaluation first: 1) the degree and...

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