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Surgery for short sight?


People with short sight may learn of surgical procedures which enable them to see clearly without spectacles or contact lenses, often from articles in the press. These may present a somewhat rosy view of the subject; complications can follow any surgical procedure and surgery for myopia is no exception. The potential demand for such surgery is huge; about 5% of people in Britain have myopia in the range from −2 to −8 dioptres. Two procedures are used to correct myopia in these patients: radial keratotomy and laser photorefractive keratectomy.

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