Thursday, May 3, 2007


According to a study by the Council for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance, the outcome of Lasik surgery has significantly improved. In fact, as many as 90% of Lasik--or similar--eye surgeries results in the patient obtaining 20/40 vision.

I was surprised to read these results, and I have always believed Lasik to be rather risky. I am supposed to wear my glasses to drive--and I've noticed my vision growing worse over time. But I hate the hassle of glasses (and, frankly, hate the way they look on my face). Contacts are even more of a pain.

As a result, I've always perked up my ears when people talked about Lasik. But I'm not the kind of person who likes to "go under the knife"--literally or figuratively--so I haven't seriously considered eye surgery (yet).

The information from this study, however, does pique my interest. I may have to take another look at Lasik.


jeannie* said...

I had lasik a year and a half ago and it was by far one of the best things I've ever done!

The surgery (while scary) was literally over in 15 minutes and I walked out of there seeing (though I had to wear goggles for 24 hours so I didnt touch my eyes... hott let me tell you!). But after the first 2 days I literally could see fine and never felt any pain.

I'd recommend it to anyone -- just make sure you do the research and find a good doctor!

Athena said...

my mom just had cataract surgery, and was given a new lens for her eye as part of the procedure--not the same as lasik, but one of those "permanent" contact lenses. anyway, she says the difference in color perception between her "new" eye and her old eye is amazing -- like seeing the world again for the first time. so maybe instead of tweaking the old lens, you could get it replaced?