Are You Considering Refractive Surgery?

Some people want to reduce their dependence on eyeglasses and contact lenses. If you're one of them, it's imperative that you make a well-informed decision after researching comprehensive, unbiased and up-to-date information sources.

Like eyeglasses and contacts, LASIK can address the blurry vision that results from myopia, hyperopia and/or astigmatism. But you should be aware that LASIK is only one of a number of eye surgeries that can accomplish that goal. Although LASIK is the most popular eye surgery, you may be best suited to a procedure other than LASIK, such as PRK or epi-LASIK. There are also non-laser as well as laser surgical options.

Reliable Information on LASIK and Other Surgeries

Consumer Guide to LASIK & Laser Eye Surgery provides complete information about LASIK, as well as FDA-approved and investigational alternatives to LASIK, and LASIK cost.

[See also: Find an eye doctor near me.]

A Message from the Creator of RefractiveSource

This website originally launched in 2000, when public interest in laser vision correction was high due to its novelty and life-changing potential — yet the available information seemed like it was dominated by promotional television infomercials, radio spots, and newspaper advertisements.

I realized that patients often had expectations about the procedure that significantly differed from reality. I felt that patients should have access to information about laser vision correction that was free of potential conflict; but I found that there were relatively few balanced sources of information.

With the Internet gaining public acceptance, I spent hundreds of hours developing RefractiveSource, to bring to light the benefits, risks, and alternatives about laser vision correction. This was a project driven by public service. Within a year, RefractiveSource logged over a million hits.

Eye care technology changes rapidly. I underestimated the demands of website upkeep to have content that paralleled industry changes. With my time divided between my San Diego optometry practice, industry consulting, and personal commitments, I established a partnership in 2007 with Access Media Group — publisher of, the leading eye care website for consumers — to update the information on RefractiveSource and enable readers to link to expanded information.

The result is that RefractiveSource's visitors will have access to updated, independent and impartial content, but in a manner that is sustainable due to advertising revenue.

Thanks for visiting!

Brian Chou, O.D., F.A.A.O.
San Diego, Calif. provides consumers with comprehensive, trustworthy information about eye health and vision correction options. In addition to information on refractive surgery, and the traditional refractive options of eyeglasses and contact lenses, the site has an extensive Conditions & Diseases section. Included are articles on chronic conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and ocular migraines. The site has also added many Spanish translations.