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There is Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT), which is where you wear a set of contact lenses (FDA approved for overnight use...I know that's a concern for a lot of people) overnight, and then during the day you should be able to see clearly without the need for glasses or contacts. If you have dry eyes, I don't know if you'd be able to tolerate the contacts overnight or not, but you wouldn't have them drying out your eyes during the day at least. I don't know how well it works, but it sounds good.

If you want to look to the future, do a search for corneaplasty. It's similar to CRT, but permanent. Here's a brief description I found:
"A drug is introduced directly into the cornea that temporarily alters the molecular bonds between molecules in the cornea, thereby rendering it more malleable. A rigid contact lens of a shape desired for the cornea is worn for an extended period of time. The lens acts to mold the cornea to correct the refractive error. After the cornea's shape has changed to correct the refractive error, a second drug is introduced to return the cornea to its previous level of firmness." Anyway, the cornea then stays firm in it's new shape, so you can see clearly without any help. It's not yet approved by the FDA, but there's at least some hope in the least for anyone who can tolerate a contact lens for a little while, and meet whatever other requirements it has.

I know how disappointing it is to not be able to do LASIK. I badly wanted to have LASIK done, and still do. Of course, I'm definitely not a candidate anyway...not only do I have dry eyes, but I have large pupils and a high refractive error. Oh well.

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