What is refractive surgery?
Refractive surgery is a type of nonessential eye surgery to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Refractive surgeries are designed to improve vision quality, sometimes eliminating a patient's dependence on glasses or contacts. At Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley, we perform several different types of refractive surgery. The most widely performed type of refractive surgery adjusts the eye's ability to focus by reshaping the cornea. Other refractive surgeries may involve implanting a Phakic intraocular lens (IOL) inside the eye in front of the eye's natural lens. To learn more about refractive surgery options, schedule a consultation with one of our ophthalmologists at our practice in Napa, CA.
What to expect with Refractive Surgery
Refractive surgery is an option for patients who:
- Have a refractive error within an appropriate range
- Would like to decrease dependence on glasses or contact lenses
- Have no eye diseases
- Understand that glasses or contacts may still be required after surgery to attain ideal vision
During your consultation with your ophthalmologist, our team will determine the most effective means of refractive surgery for your vision. Refractive surgeries are typically performed as an outpatient procedure and take relatively little time. Depending on the type of procedure performed, patients can usually expect to resume their normal activities within 24 – 48 hours. When your surgery is complete, your ophthalmologist will provide you with aftercare instructions, which may include post-treatment eye drops.
Refractive Surgery Reviews
"Excellent, compassionate physician - Held my hand through the entire cataract surgery experience."- Anonymous / Vitals / Nov 16, 2020
"Dr Bosetti preformed Cataract surgery on both my eyes recently. I am a retired architect and my vision became cloudy to the point I had trouble driving at night because of the glare and was easily blinded by contrasting bright sunlight and deep shadow. Dr Bosetti diagnosed cataracts in both eyes and recommended lens transplants. He was thorough in testing, clearly answered all questions. The surgery was a overwhelming success. I highly recommend him . "- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Mar 22, 2019
"My eyes are in good hands - Dr. Bosetti likes to joke with me at the start of the visit but when he gets down to business he gets very serious and I can tell he really cares about my health. When I needed cataract surgery he explained all of the options to me, and provided his recommendation--not the most expensive option, the one that he thought was right for me!! I followed his advice and the results were great. Very grateful for my improved sight."- Anonymous / Vitals / Sep 12, 2016
Refractive Surgery FAQ
How long does it take to recover from refractive surgery?
Generally, patients are able to return to their regular routines 1 – 3 days after their refractive procedure. Your surgical team at Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley will go over any aftercare instructions with you to ensure your optimal healing timeframe.
Does refractive surgery hurt?
During the procedure, your eyes will be numbed so that you experience minimal discomfort. Most patients report a sensation of pressure but no pain. Once the procedure is finished, you may experience some minor discomfort, but these should be able to be controlled with over-the-counter medications and eye drops.
Is refractive surgery permanent?
Once the eyes stabilize following surgery, the correction is permanent. Any changes to your vision following surgery would be due to the normal aging process of the eyes.
Clear vision without glasses or contacts
If you currently depend on glasses or contacts for your best vision and would like to reduce or completely eliminate that dependence, then refractive surgery may be an option for you. Contact an ophthalmologist at Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley in Napa, CA to discuss your different options for refractive surgery.