A recent investigation by Dr. Oz entitled A Hard Look at LASIK Surgery revealed the stunning news to the public that, “Even the most modern laser on the market left 1 out of every 5 patients seeing worse after LASIK than they used to with glasses.” Has your doctor told you that?
Despite the above, the so-called Vision Eye Institute, which is actually a surgery business, has a website which declares, “Today, it is accepted that 90% of patients worldwide who have had laser eye surgery will have perfect results – up to 98% of patients are able to drive legally without glasses or contact lenses after their procedures. “
The study shows 20 percent have worse vision; the “institute” shows 10 percent have less than “perfect” vision. That’s a huge difference. Maybe “up to 98% of patients are able to drive legally,” but that does not mean you see well. Driving only requires 20/40, and nearby reading is not required at all.
Do you trust Dr. Oz and his links to official studies? Or do you trust the institute who makes thousands off each surgery?
Will your prospective doctor give you a full explanation of risks?
According to those in the industry who make thousands of dollars per surgery, everything is fine. For example, North Shore Eye Care with Dr. Jeffrey Martin and Dr. Lawrence Zweibel sell you the notion that you can “focus on the clearer world around you.” For one in five, that is just not true. North Shore Eye Care also offers infomercial-style one-sided “testimonials.” The website of North Shore Eye Care has little information about the risks. They leave that for the personal hard-sell by doctors Lawrence Zweibel or Jeffrey Martin.
Before surgery, the doctor will rattle off a list of lawsuit-immunization standard warnings. Slow down here. This is not actually to inform you; it is only to protect the doctor. If the doctor rushes through this, or offers it as an afterthought, time to leave. This information should be presented on the first visit. You should have questions. Questions should be answered. The conversation should be documented.
Ask your doctor if your vision will be worse after surgery.
What are the odds that you will see worse after eye surgery? If the doctor does not say one in five, run out of there as fast as you can. You are being conned.
Have your doctor test your reading.
If you can read now with contact lenses or with the same glasses that you use to see far, you really need to document this before surgery. Tell the doctor you want to be fully tested for nearby reading and you want the results recorded. After the surgery, there is a good chance that you will become farsighted and no longer able to read without specific correction for this. The doctor may then suddenly say you were farsighted before or that at your age (whatever age you happen to be) everyone become farsighted. You don’t want to find out this way because surgery cannot be reversed.
As you can tell by this public relations page, the industry is having difficulty trying to deflect the farsightedness caused by surgery. The cover story is, “Presbyopia, or the need for reading glasses, affects everyone at some point in their lives.” There you go. After the surgery, when you can no longer read, they just say it was going to happen anyway.
Farsighted means, at a minimum, you will need one pair of glasses to use part time. In other words, you have to take them off and put them back on every time you want to see near or far. You risk breaking or losing them many times a day. More likely, you will need multiple prescriptions for different purposes. Farsightedness also causes head and neck pain, eye strain, fatigue, and all kinds of symptoms you may never imagine until you experience it.
Don’t be fooled by 20/20.
20/20 is the standard for perfect vision, but the numbers do not tell the whole story. All 20/20 means is you can name the letters 20 feet away in a clinical environment. You can be 20/20 and still not be able to read. You can be 20/20 and have double or even triple vision in each eye, starbursts, clouds, wavering, light sensitivity, and other difficulties.
Do you really need your vision corrected?
If you are already both farsighted and nearsighted, you wear thick glasses, and you cannot wear contact lenses, go ahead. There’s a good chance surgery can improve things.
But if you are only farsighted, only nearsighted, or wear contact lenses with minimal issues, STOP! WAIT! You can always do it later.
That’s something those who profit in the industry such as Vision Eye Institute, Lasik Plus or North Shore Eye Care and its doctors Lawrence Zweibel and Jeffrey Martin will not tell you.
What about other types of vision correction surgery?
Note that Lasik is the “state of the art” surgery — the best surgery available. If you are considering some other type of vision correction surgery, you really need to think again.