Patients 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. …
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.