The question is often asked: “Is refractive surgery worth the risk?”

The question is often asked: “Is refractive surgery worth the risk?”

Although LASIK is one of the safest, most effective outpatient procedures, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ answer to this question. Your specific anatomy and lifestyle are central to the answer. With any medical procedure an individual patient’s risks and benefits should be weighed. A question that can be answered is: “Do refractive surgeons believe in their ‘product’?” Refractive surgeons have LASIK at 4x the rate of the general population and regularly advise their own family and friends to have refractive surgery. Dr Lourens Coetzee as an example has performed refractive cataract surgery on his father and mother-in-law, Carel and Linda Kruger. He also did PresbyLasik for his mother, Alna Jooste, as well as his close friend and anaesthetist Dr Pieter Lategan. Many members of the Envision team and their families have also had refractive procedures. Refractive surgeons have a passion for their work because they believe in what they do. They see what a big difference it makes in a patient’s life when they can see the small things. The medical content provided is not intended to replace a consultation with a health care provider. Medical outcomes cannot be guaranteed. #EveryWakingMinute

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