LASIK is one of the most widely performed surgeries in the world. Millions of people have undergone this life changing procedure, but it is not without certain risks. This topic was recently discussed on Dr. Oz, the popular TV program. As with any surgery, there are risks of side effects and complications with LASIK such as dry eye, double vision, glare and halos. Usually these side effects are temporary.
The show segment very clearly illustrates the importance of carefully researching and selecting an experienced refractive surgeon when considering LASIK surgery. Price should not be at the top of your list of considerations. Remember, not all surgeons are equal.
Dr. Oz advises that the most important factors in choosing a LASIK surgeon are experience and reputation which are far more important than the number of surgeries performed by any surgeon. In fact, the number of patients turned down as candidates is probably more important when considering LASIK. This factor demonstrates the wisdom and judgment of the physician in knowing which patients are likely to experience complications.
The Dr. Oz segment further included information on a statement by the FDA, listing clinics who have been warned by the FDA about “misleading advertising and failure to provide adequate information about the associated risks” of LASIK vision correction. One of these clinics is right here in Atlanta.
It pays to do your homework when you are considering any type of medical procedure, especially one that involves your eyes!
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