I know one hears good things about lasik form people who did that, but a couple of things to consider...
- Lasik is a business, the equipment is very expensive. Talk to an eye doc who is not involved first.
- the effect of a harmless sport accident may be worse for Lasik patients. This guy had trouble after getting hit in the eye by a softball:
http://home.arcor.de/pinnipedii/late%20 ... 0lasik.pdf
- think about why so many ophtalmologists still wear glasses (may sound populistic, but a buddy of mine attended a Lasik info show once, the speaker wore glasses
My buddy asked why and was hushed out of the hall by bodyguards
- in a study of 2004, 78% of all people treated had reached eyesight within +/- 0.5 dioptries (sorry, i'm not familiar with the 20/20 thing). Even when we guess that todays technology has improved, thats a signifiacant number of people that still need glasses, but maybe got bad night vision/halos as a bonus. And, if machinery has improved and success rates are higher now:
The folks participating in that study have been told the same you are told now: its safe, we use cutting edge technology, it will work, no risk, best thing since sliced bread, yada yada... makes me think twice.
I'm blind as a mole without my glasses, but with them i can almost see like an eagle, and i dont wanna lose that. Also my eye doc predicts i'll be the only guy in the old peoples home who will be able to thread a needle... think about fixing tubulars
- theres no long term data yet. Show me a 85 year old guy who's had Lasik done 50 years ago and still is happy, then i'll consider it. Other than that, i'll hit anyone very hard who is trying to come near my shortsighted, but otherwise perfectly healthy eyes with a sharp object
just my 5c
hard to find neutral info on the web, its swamped with info from lasik chirurgs... but here's 2 to read:
FDA info: http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/lasik/risks.htm
Aforementioned study: http://home.arcor.de/pinnipedii/poppayette.pdf
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