Originally Posted by globetrotter
I used to sell lazers for eye surgery. There is a small chance of screwing you up. if they do, what that usually means is a series of surgeries to fix the problem - it is almost unheard of to create a problem that can't be fixed. that said - watching eye surgury is a lot frekier than watching heart surgury, very gross.
I asked my doctor about Lasik. I was 30 at the time. He told me about night vision deterioration and far-sightedness by age 40. Basically, he said, I'd have about 10 years of perfect vision, but probably have more trouble seeing at night (I already do) and then have to wear reading glasses. He told me he had one patient who went and got it done without talking to him beforehand. The machine malfunctioned and shaved away the patient's cornea. She had to have emergency surgery to have it salvaged and replaced. He also pointed out that since they remove the top layer of your cornea, any later damage you might suffer could cause permanent scarring. I suffered two scratches to my cornea when I lived in W. Africa, and since I travel a lot, I decided I didn't want to risk this. It DOES render your eyes more vulnerable to permanent damage, and that's definitely something you should factor in. It's not that hard to scratch a cornea--a pebble of sand on a windy day at the beach, as an example. Another option, the one I keep waiting on, is a semi-permanent contact: they cut a single incision into the side of the cornea, slide in a contact, and let it heal over. This adjusts the curvature of your existing cornea, and it's also removable later. I was also reading about the contact lenses that adjust the eyes through use. I'm interested in that: it was just approved by the FDA, which is good and bad. I'm 35. I'm not going to do LASIK. I'll live with the poor options I have right now. I am, however, considering switching from soft 3-month disposable back to RGP lenses (fewer bacterial problems and better eye health). Best for your eyes is glasses. Condor, what kind of lenses do you wear? I have astigmatism, though my vision's a little better than yours. Currently I wear Toric lenses, but I think I'm going to go back to RGP's, which is what I used to wear.