Personal stories about laser surgery for nearsightedness
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Abby, age 38: I've decided to have LASIK
surgery because I am tired of wearing corrective lenses all the time. I hate
the way I look in glasses, and I've had lots of problems with contact lenses.
I've worn corrective lenses all my life, but in the past I never really had a
choice. I know there are a few risks involved with having LASIK surgery, but
for me the possibility of being able to see pretty well without glasses or
contacts is worth it.
Harry, age 44: I'm not going to have surgery.
It would be nice to be able to see better without my glasses, but I'm not
willing to risk the vision I have just so that I don't have to wear my glasses
anymore. My doctor is pretty sure I would need to wear glasses some of the time
anyway, even if I did have the surgery. I know people who have been very
pleased with the results, but I am too afraid that one of those rare
complications will happen to me.
Tomas, age 27: I'm going to have laser surgery
so that I don't have to rely so heavily on my contact lenses. For the most
part, I haven't really minded wearing contacts. But I do participate in a lot
of sports and outdoor activities, and contacts can be a real hassle when I'm
out mountain-biking or playing soccer or doing anything like that. Glasses
aren't much better in those situations. Besides, it sure would be nice to be
able to wake up in the morning and see things clearly without having to put in
my contacts first.
Sally, age 28: I'm not going to have surgery
right now. Some of the procedures are still fairly new, and the surgery is very
expensive. I would like to wait until there is more information about the
long-term results and until the doctors in my area become more experienced with
the newer procedures. I will probably reconsider having surgery in a few years,
but I'm not ready to have it at this point.
Robin Parks, MS
Kathleen M. Ariss, MS
Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Carol L. Karp, MD - Ophthalmology
July 7, 2007
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 07, 2007
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