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Thousands Have Been Harmed by Lasik Eye Surgery

May 15, 2008 | 80,629 views

EyePatients harmed by Lasik eye surgery recently told federal health advisers stories of severe eye pain, blurred vision and even a son‘s suicide. The advisers recommended that the government warn more clearly about the risks of the popular operations.

About 700,000 Americans a year undergo the elective laser surgery. Of those, several thousand suffer serious, life-changing side effects, such as worse vision, severe dry eye, glare, and inability to drive at night.

Colin Dorrian, a law school student from suburban Philadelphia, endured six years of eye pain and impaired vision before he finally killed himself in 2007.  Matt Kotsovolos’ operation was classified as successful even though he has suffered from debilitating and unremitting eye pain for two years.

The FDA advisers recommended that warnings for would-be Lasik patients:

  • Add photographs that illustrate what people suffering certain side effects actually see
  • Clarify how often patients suffer different side effects
  •  Make more understandable the conditions that should disqualify someone from Lasik
  • Spell out that anyone whose nearsightedness is fixed by Lasik is guaranteed to need reading glasses in middle age, which could be avoided if they skip Lasik.

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Lasers can do some pretty amazing things, but you should never let anybody use them on your eyes.

Lasik surgery is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of your cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye. With 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.

Many people think that Lasik surgery will simply and quickly result in perfect vision. That simply is not the case at all.

Even when successful, the procedure leads to at least six months of impaired vision and significant discomfort, at the end of which only one eye may have normal sight. If the first eye does not heal to expectation, the second operation on the other eye will never even be done, and the imbalance will be permanent.

Lasik surgery does absolutely nothing to treat the underlying causes of your vision loss. In fact, it is 100-percent guaranteed to make your vision worse over time. The same actually holds true for glasses of any kind -- they're guaranteed to worsen your vision in the long run.

Fortunately, there are effective alternatives. In my late 40’s, I noticed a progressive decline in my near vision (presbyopia). But when I underwent private mentoring in a vision restoration process that has been around for nearly 100 years, it turned out to be one of the most exciting personal health benefits I have ever experienced. To regain lost vision without the use of glasses is absolutely amazing.

What I used was a technique called the Bates Method.  This highly suppressed natural vision program was developed by the pioneering medical doctor and ophthalmologist Dr. William Bates, who died back in 1931. Dr. Bates, a maverick physician who dedicated his life to learning why people develop problems with their eyesight, was far ahead of his time. His combination of simple yet powerful methods of vision re-training can allow you to see better naturally -- with just a few minutes a day of easy practice.

According to Dr. Bates' teachings, the most common vision problems are not irreversible; they are the result of chronic tension in some or all of your six extrinsic eye muscles. These muscles can be retrained to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.  His program does NOT involve eye exercises, but rather focuses on relaxation, mental reframing and perspective shifting.

It worked so well for me that I now offer the Secrets of Regaining Vision Naturally Program, so you can access these same powerful vision improvement tools yourself. After you first begin to notice improvement in your eyesight, you'll realize that you have discovered the best way to take control of your own vision for the rest of your life. You have nothing to lose and dramatically improved eyesight to gain.

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