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
- LASIK Australia
- Australian and New Zealand Eye Foundation
- Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA)
- Vision Australia
- Lions Eye Institute
- Save Sight Institute
- Australian Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
- Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons