What is refractive surgery?

If you have a refractive error, such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism or presbyopia, refractive surgery is a method for correcting or improving your vision. There are various surgical procedures for correcting or adjusting your eye's focusing ability by reshaping the cornea, or clear, round dome at the front of your eye. Other procedures involve implanting a lens inside your eye. The most widely performed type of refractive surgery is LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis), where a laser is used to reshape the cornea.

Further information & resources for patients

RANZCO advice

https://ranzco.edu/ArticleDocuments/233/opa_ranzco_refractive_surgery.pdf.aspx?Embed=Y

LASIK Australia

http://www.lasik.com.au/

Eye Foundation

Http://www.eyefoundation.org.au

Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA)

http://www.cera.org.au 

Vision Australia

Http://www.visionaustralia.org 

Lions Eye Institute

Http://www.lei.org.au 

Save Sight Institute

Http://www.savesightinstitute.org.au/

For Specialists:

Australian Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

http://www.auscrs.org.au/

Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

http://www.apacrs.org/

Journals:

Refractive surgery

http://www.healio.com/ophthalmology/journals/jrs

Cataract & Refractive surgery

http://www.jcrsjournal.org/