-Kevin said, "I'll be getting PRK, a form of laser eye surgery with the military free of cost. "
Out of curiousity, what military branch? I currently have a patient who having LASIK throught the Armed Forces. Why are they only allowing you PRK? Is it that you are not a candidate for LASIK?
-What they do is just implant a contact lens underneath your cornea. My dad had it done, he's an optometrist, and he went from -10, to about 0. He just uses glasses for reading now.
True, its a lot more expensive but its' better for the higher Rx procedures. And while it is reversible, I still put my faith in LASIK.
-Kmh1956, I am not sure what you are saying, but if you saw YOUR vision go fuzzy, then black, then you did have it done with the knive. Trust me, I do all the Pre-Op and Post-Op.
people, about the blade part of LASIK: It's an extremely precise blade called a microkeratome. But, the problem is the apparent flawed perceptions here that the surgeon will be sawing away at your eye.
Its not. Look at Kmh1956. He's under the impression no knife was used but, in fact, it was used. (and Khm, don't take it the wrong way. But it you are saying your vision went fuzzed and out, yep, you have the microkeratome.)
As for the new bladeless procedure, I am not sold on it yet. I've had such impressive results with LASIK that I am not pushing it yet. Surgeons are trying to sell it because its 'bladeless' and sounds better. That's it.
As far as having surgery, I like my patients to be 22, but I'll take on a 21 year old if they are the perfect candidate.
Having said that, realize that in the USA, the FDA age is 18, but 22 is the smart age.....The way I see it, if you can get LASIK at 18 but are still hiding liquor and doing all that underage drinking prior to 21, you lack the maturity that it is surgery and, while LASIK is great, it does have potential sides effects.
Lastly, if you are local and are intersted in it, we'll talk about it in my office. Maybe I should look into the feasibility of an airliners.net courtesy? We'll see....
no pun intented.
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