The Dangers of LASIK Surgery: Why You Want to Avoid This Like the Plague
June 07, 2005
For those who have entertained the idea of getting Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis -- commonly referred to as LASIK surgery -- in hopes of correcting their vision ... think again.
What exactly is LASIK surgery? It is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of your cornea (the clear covering of the front of the eye) with an excimer laser:
Using a knife known as a microkeratome, a flap is cut in the cornea; a hinge is spared at one end of the flap.
The hinged flap is then folded back, revealing the stroma (the middlesection of the cornea).
Finally, pulses from a computer-controlled laser vaporize a portion of the stroma and the flap is replaced.
The end result: perfect vision, right? Not necessarily.
Many patients are under the impression LASIK surgery will end in instant perfect vision; however, that simply is not the case.
That's because, while the procedure is quick in itself, it is likely to lead to at least six months of impaired vision and significant discomfort, at the end of which only one eye may have normal sight. (And if the first eye does not heal to expectation, the second operation on the other eye will never be done and the imbalance will be permanent.)
Then there are the surgical disasters that can happen. You can visit SurgicalEyes.org to review some of the horror stories. The site is devoted to focusing attention on the unique problems faced by those who have undergone unsuccessful LASIK (and other eye) surgeries.