Lasik, Bladeless Lasik, PRK, etc.
Being a bit anxious about conventional or
RLE is a good thing. It shows a healthy concern for the risks
refractive surgery. Being anxious can also be a very bad thing,
causing a person to make poor decisions.
It is not likely that any decision regarding refractive
surgery will benefit from undue stress. Moderate stress is a helpful
- even necessary - condition of life. Severe chronic stress, however,
is an abnormal condition that disrupts the normal functions of the body
and/or mind. No two people are affected exactly the same way,
but too much stress can cause a person to make poor decisions.
Remember, this is the decision of the individual patient. Nobody
should be forcing anyone into unwanted elective surgery. If someone
is being pressured into elective surgery, then the motivations of those
doing the pressuring is suspect. We hope that the information
here will eliminate some of the unknown, and perhaps a referral to a
knowledgeable doctor will provide answers to those issues that are specific
to individual patient. Not every concern can be resolved, but
accurate information and evaluation can go far to alleviate stress and
make an appropriate decision about refractive surgery based upon the
individual's needs and expectations.
One of the advantages of most refractive surgery techniques is that
they are either implants (P-IOL, CLE, Intacs) or only affect the cornea
(Lasik, Bladeless Lasik, LASEK, PRK). This means that for
the most part the worst-case scenario with an implant technique is the
removal or exchange of the implant, and the worst-case scenario for
a corneal based technique is a corneal transplant. In nearly all
instances of refractive surgery induced complications, removal/exchange
of an implant or a corneal transplant are the most extreme responses
to the complication.
Let us not underestimate the seriousness of these worst-case scenarios,
and some complications will not be resolved by even these extreme measures.
But as best you can, try to keep some perspective.
It may be valuable to consider first exactly why a person is considering
refractive surgery. Not just the issue of a reduced need for corrective
lenses, but the motivation behind not wanting those lenses. Understanding
one's true motivation can be very helpful in determining if that expectation
can be met, and such an understanding can remove unnecessary stress.
See Should You
Do It for details.
If you are ready to
choose a doctor to be evaluated for conventional or custom wavefront
Lasik, Bladeless Lasik, PRK, LASEK, Epi-Lasik, RLE, or any refractive
surgery procedure, we highly recommend you consider a doctor who has
been evaluated and certified by the USAEyes nonprofit organization.
Locate a USAEyes Evaluated & Certified Lasik Laser Eye Surgery