Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Eye corrective surgery - I'm against it

This story caught my eye yesterday: LASIK failure toll can be high.

I know many people who have had this procedure done and each and every one of them is thrilled with the results. None of them have any problems or any regrets. I won't even look into having it and I'm against it. Why am I against it even though all the people I know have had good results? Because accidents can and do happen. Because bad results can and do happen.

I know that for some people, wearing glasses can be a problem, either for work or for other reasons, but to me, Lasik surgery is something that is not necessary in most cases. It's a cosmetic procedure (in my opinion) that carries risk of error and infection. And I only have one pair of eyes; I'm not willing to risk them.

Would I love to be able to go without my glasses? Absolutely. But I can't wrap my mind around the potential problems. I know the risk is very low, but for something that isn't medically necessary, why should I take the risk at all?

I hope that those who do have problems are able to get the problems resolved somehow.

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Terrie Farley Moran said...

Hi Marijke,

Thanks for a very enlightening post.


Dawn said...

I had laser surgery to stop the bleeding of a torn retina and it was like someone playing a pinball machine inside my head!

Like you, I wouldn't choose to let someone loose with a laser on my eyes. Too precious.