Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Be careful before getting eyes carved up
…Is it just HA, or does it bother you that a medical procedure is being advertised on buses and billboards—and discount coupons offered in the approximately 1000 yellow pages books we get each month?
...Is eye surgery something for which you would even want the lowest bidder?
…Wanting to toss the specs, millions of Americans are getting eye operations to change the shape of their corneas.
…Tiger Woods did it, according to Sabine Vollmer, McClatchy Newspapers. Even the Air Force relented last spring and will let people who have had Lasik apply for pilot training.
…But, Vollmer notes, every year, thousands of people who had had Lasik (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) are left with chronic pain, dry eye, distorted night vision, and even blindness.
…The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery puts the side effects at 2-3%.
…The FDA, however, says that six months after the surgery, 28% of patients complained of eye dryness, up to 16% had blurry vision, and up to 18% had trouble driving at night.
…This real surgery with real risks, commented one patient who had multiple problems.
…Most insurance will not pay for this so stats are somewhat lacking.
…But there is a growing market for contacts that counteract Lasik side effects.
…Still struggling with her detached retina, HA is an eye fanatic. You only have two. Be careful!
…Are glasses really that bad?