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Refractive surgery constitutes a number of procedures-surgical and laser, in order to correct refractive errors-dioptry-myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. These methods remove the dependency on conventional aids, such are contact lenses and spectacles. In children, refractive surgery is used in special indications in pre-school children, when non-corrected refractive error is a threat for persistent amblyopia, if present, in the most sensitive period of visual development.
In adult patients, refractive procedures are used for getting rid of dependency on glasses and contacts and for elimination the side effects of them.
The possibilities of refractive surgery today are enormous. Starting from low to high level of refractive error, it is very important to choose the optimal method. For that reason, utmost impact is good knowledge of these subjects, the right choice of combined procedures, custom approach for each patient itself, adequate equipment and, of course, the most important, high level surgical skills and great experience in refractive surgery.
The beginners, no matter how attractive these procedures seem to them, may compromise the outcomes of these, however, very safe, approved, and today standard procedures, and by making complications, beginners give the unreal image of refractive outcomes.
The aim of refractive surgery is:
to achieve good visual function and quality of vision without dependency on contact lens and glasses. In pediatric patients the goal of refractive laser procedure is to establish conditions for better development of visual function and binocular sight. When done in time, in specific indications, when amblyogenic error is present, laser surgery will prevent severe amblyopia.
Discomfort with conventional glasses and contacts, especially presented in certain professions, or ordinary, daily life. Young people often express strong resistance to conventional aids, seeking the other way of refractive corrections.
Some others are not against wearing glasses or contacts, but they cannot fully correct their refractive errors or have intolerance to contact lenses.
Important reason is also – financial. Refractive procedure is once a life, and contact lens is to be bought everytime again.
These are some of the reasons for making them motivated for refractive surgery.
The modern and demanding way of living contributes to wide acceptance of refractive procedure, as fundamental part of everyday life. This was influenced by long presence, safety and very good results of the refractive surgery, for years.
Continuous follow-ups and contact with a patient prior and after the procedure is an additional safety factor for a patient. Based on systematic examinations and assesment, we use the custom approach to every patient to give the optimal and safe solution for each.
This is accepted through many years of practice and affirmative results.