New Research Says Lasik Eye Surgery Isn't As Safe As We Thought

Submitted by: fancylad 1 week ago in News & Politics Science

Lasik -- the popular eye surgery once heralded as a way for severely nearsighted people to reverse their poor sight by using lasers to reshape their cornea -- isn't exactly the miracle treatment it's been made out to be, a New York Times report has found. It’s not that patients aren't getting 20/20 vision back, so much as this vision is often distorted, with complaints about seeing triple, parched eyes requiring frequent drops, and distorted night vision. In a couple cases, two patients were in such pain they fell into depression and later died of suicide.

The worrisome side effects have prompted some to push the Food and Drug Administration to look into Lasik, with a retired senior FDA official and a patient-turned-advocate at the helm of the cause. Advocates hope that researchers will revisit the topic and rigorously analyze side effects and complications over the next few years. Source: The New York Times
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Male 149
Wife and I have both had it done roughly 15 years ago.  She has 20/30 vision still fine to drive without glasses, she is on the verge of needing reading glasses but that's just age.  She has no ill effects. I still have 20/15 vision only thing of significance negative  that changed for me is when working on small electronics I have to use a lupe or a magnifying visor. before I could put things right up to my eye and focus in super close not needing magnification, after my minimum focal distance is about 6 inches basically far enough that I can't see the surface mount component details without magnification.  

We both feel to this day it was by far the best value for money we have gotten from any money we have ever spent.  To be able to open my eyes and read an alarm clock (phone now) ,to read a stop sign without glasses, it was just life altering in such a positive way it's difficult to accurately describe. 
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Male 149
geobas1 I would note that I had a step grandfather that had cataract surgery (I know it's different it's a lense  replacement) he had complications with it and it took 6 months to repair his vision in the first eye so they could move on to the second.  I'd say yes there is a possibility of complications, but that's the case with every medical procedure.  
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Male 1,634
Had it done a little over 8 years ago.  Love it, would recommend to anyone.

I will also say, the two weirdest things after getting it were waking up in the morning and being able to see and taking a shower without everything being a blurred mess.  Those were pretty much the only times I did not have glasses on prior to the surgery, so those were weird moments.  For the first few weeks, I actually had vertigo when I first woke up and looked around and when I stepped in to the shower because I was not used to seeing so clearly at those times.
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Male 660
I had it done in 2000, I was very nearsighted (20/1400), I was using the daily contacts but didn't like sleeping in them, hated getting up in the night basically blind. After 18 years my vision 3'+ is still 20/15. Getting old sucks though, have to use cheater glasses from the drug store to read menus. No dry eyes, no blurs, just great vision all the time, am I just lucky?
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Male 1,634
Shelworth No, that's normal.  The mistakes are not as common as some people make them out to be.  Research your Doctor a bit first and you'll be fine.  The guy I used has worked on a few big name sports celebrities and is a trainer for this region.  He was a little more expensive than some of the other guys in town, but he used the latest equipment, not the old stuff.

I do have to say, when they still had to take a blade and cut open your eyeball, would not do that.  I know someone who did, and he would not recommend.  The newer, blade free lasik, is what I had done, because my Doctor used the latest greatest technology.
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Male 2,332
I'm 63 and have not needed it so far. But both my parents did and never had any complaints, this was true for half dozen of my parents friends that i knew that had it done. My father had to wear bifocals from about 30 till he had his lazik, and went to only needing reading glasses and he said it was more to help then that he really needed them, the mom just dropped glasses all together.  There both gone now so I can't give an update to the present. It was about 20 years each, lived with it. 
  And it was still fairly new at the time maybe the problem is that two many people are doing it, which just adds to the percentage of problems and maybe too many that just don't do, do diligence with the procedure. I think its very important to make sure you have a good doctor for this and maybe not go to someone that runs a mill.
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Male 10,903
Profit$,  Profit$, Profit$!!!!!!!!

That's all that matters in medicine!!

AKA: the side effect of allowing a nation to embrace the love for money.
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Male 5,932
I have thought about it for years, I just keep hearing a few too many horror stories to go thru with it.
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Male 1,634
daegog So do you stop driving because you hear car accident horror stories?  I hear horror stories about all sorts of things I do on a regular basis.  Since Gas Stations get robbed do you stop going to them?  

You hear the horror stories, but what about the thousands of success stories?
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Male 5,932
waldo863 My life would be incredibly difficult without access to a car, without lasik, a rather minor annoyance.

Every single thing in life is a gamble, you just have to figure out where you are willing to throw the dice.
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Male 2,027
daegog I’m with you. I’ve worn glasses since I was 19 and I’m 62 now. My vision insurance would even pay 75% but like you I read about it and go nope. I have lost my astigmatism though with age so I’m basically am down to reading glasses.
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Male 5,932
scheckydamon check this guy out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-T9ZVadNns

Poor bastard got the surgery and it jacked him all up.
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5,575
 I had it done and it worked out great. 
A coworker's didn't work out so well. He needed a corneal transplant
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Male 4,857
I learned my lesson thanks to The Simpsons

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Female 5,563
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