by Dr. Ed Boshnick
"Over the years I've had the misfortune of examining thousands of patients who have lost quality vision and suffered severe depression as a result of LASIK surgery. Two of these patients were so depressed by their post-surgical vision loss that they attempted suicide. In fact, there are several documented cases of post-LASIK suicides." The known risks and complications of LASIK surgery includes: Severely distorted corneas, causing loss of best corrected visual acuity, vision distortions known as higher order aberrations, under correction and over correction of the patient's vision error, nighttime vision disorders including halos, starbursts, glare, ghosting and double vision.
Other LASIK risk factors also include:
Infection, corneal ectasia (a gradual protrusion of the corneal surface), severe dry eye and loss of contrast sensitivity( the ability of distinguish between different shades of white and grey). My feeling is that LASIK surgery and other refractive surgical procedures exist solely to enrich doctors and the corporations that manufacture the laser equipment and not to benefit mankind.
If you can see well with your eyeglasses or contact lenses, don't even think about getting involved with LASIK. If you are having vision or comfort issues with your contact lenses, make an appointment with a "contact lens specialist" and have him/her refit you with a lens design that will address these issues. The result, is there is a process that we go through (which is not an easy task by no means) in order to properly fit the new "Complex and Complicated Cornea" for customized Scleral Lenses in order to help recreate a "New Cornea" to see through for these patients. Our practice now is solely fixated on helping the "Post Refractive Community."
"In fact, there are so many post refractive and permanently injured eyes coming in to our practice that we started to tape our patients (with their consent of course) to illustrate and show factual proof of how post RK, LASIK, LASEK, EPI-LASIK and PRK refractive patients are becoming permanently injured at an alarminig rate, and can no longer get visual correction due to their new cornea shapes which in technical terms we call "Complicated and Complex Corneas."
"Just about all of these patients had some sort of story about how their elective refractive surgery took everything from them, how they lost hope, in some cases lost the will to live, lost their marriages, lost their ability to drive a car in the daytime or nightime, lost their careers, lost their ability to provide for their family, and many are now on disability."
"Because a large part of my ophthalmic practice involves restoring vision to those who have experienced varying degrees of vision loss from LASIK, my advice is not to get involved with this procedure. If you have experienced compromised vision as a result of LASIK, you are more than welcome to contact me to discuss what can be done to help you regain quality vision. "
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