Laser Eye Surgery
Is difficult to find neutral web sites resources where your can see or talk about refractive eye surgery without inclination to any particular doctor or medical center. Personally I am one of those persons who want to see the big pictures of every before any conclusions without been limited with information according to what "a particular doctor or medical center" have or does, putting on disadvantage others who practice the same surgery with different elements and techniques. Ultimately is about society.
Here is a websites where you can some how interact or participate, making your consultation online through their LASIK blog.
The information here is great.
It would be of more help to me, and probably to others too, if everybody with specific outcomes would give their original prescription at the start of a message. I know people who it has worked for but no one with these awful side effects. I'm -4.25 in both eyes.
People in my extended family have had no trouble.
Is this a good sign?
Or does it count for nothing?
Could you suggest anywhere I could contact to see if this proceedure is available in Ireland?
Thanks in advance,
The statisics are very hard to get from the Irish Clinics and in the Refractive journals you may only see the major complications reported,i.e loss of vision,wrinkles leading to cornnea transplants.
Due to the fact this surgery is elective"cosmetic",there are no watch dogs to report complications except if you go down the legal route and this takes years and most cases are settled out of court by the insurance companies.
Having reserched lasik complications here in Ireland the statistics are approximately the same as in the USA,they are 5 years ahead and now with the help of the www.surgicaleyes.org foundation are receiving documented information of complications worldwide. Such is the serious nature of the complications now been reported, on the 5 of October 2002 in ATLANTA,GEORGIA,USA,THE EMORY VISION INSTITUTE and renowned Refractive Surgeons and Doctors, are holding special clinics to help sufferers from all over the USA and Europe.They will facilitate by Emory performing Interwave analysis that determines the type and extent of aberrations that occur after refractive surgery,also dry eyes.The Surgeons will see the patients also on Saturday(special clinic from Emory)for flap wrinkles,strie,aberration issues all induced by bad lasik outcomes.
I run a support group here for Irish/English sufferers and ask, if this surgery is so successful why are so many of us here travelling to this USA special convention for treatment and some hope of recovery of vision from these USA surgeons and DOCTORS?????
Ask your Surgeon for his statisics past and present, as these complications are usually lifelong.
I am still receiving medical treatment three years after my lasik surgery.I have never sued the Surgeon or Clinic involved due mainly to the fact i would not be able to run this support group or offer information.
The support or information for Irish sufferers is email...
or contact me via www.surgicaleyes.org on the B.Board .Post yourself any questions and you will receive replys world-wide.
You can’t undo the cuts.
I had to make it work I had a new career as a locomotive engineer; it was an exciting time.
I had my own 12,000 ton coal train 115 cars, five locomotives, 15000 hp and 178 miles of mostly new track that ran through the harvest moon country of eastern Wyoming down into the Platte river valley through Wendover Canyon crossing over the North Platte River into Guernsey Wy.
After the R. K. surgery I could not be outside without sunglasses; cloudy day, sunny day, winter’s day or summer. The starburst and halos-night time glare either sprang from or surrounded all the lights in my night time environment and became a challenge I had to overcome. It was like a dirty pair of soft contact lenses had been permanently attached to my eye balls.
The worst that it got was on a double mainline with a long siding to one side or the other with three trains moving at three different speeds, in two different directions. During the day this is not a problem but at night the conflicting visual references induced vertigo or more commonly known in the aviation industry as spatial disorientation and could come on suddenly with all the panic and fear that vertigo can induce.
During instrument training and what they call under the hood pilot training, I had learned to shake off vertigo, to trust my instruments and their readings and conquer the fear and the feeling of loss of control. The lessons served me well in the nighttime running of a train with few outside visual references or when those that I did have were lost in star patterns and halo and glare from inside and outside light sources.
The railroads worked us 60 and 70 hours a week and fatigue, burnout, employee turnover and train crashes were acceptable losses to the management.
Then you have this informed consent paperwork that hangs over the experience to intimidate you and threaten to bring on the wrath of their lawyers if you even think of complaining. Ignorance is bliss to the corporate world that hides behind legalisms in their superior position in the modern world, insulated protected until finally the statute of limitations absolves them of any a liability.
Dissatisfied customer to say the least. Many of us should not have been picked as candidates for refractive surgery, regardless of the type, RK, PRK; lasik etc.
When I first heard of lasik my first thought was that I wished I had waited. That was 10 years ago now that I have read the The experiences of people who have had the latest surgeries and are described at the website surgical eyes, I find that some people are still wishing that they had waited for a new and better procedure.
So where am I going with this? Those of us who have to live with an unsatisfactory result from Refractive Surgery could become lost in the statistics. Surrounded by the commercial hype, Government policy changes that could move millions into the RS market and a feeling that I could will be lost as the statistically insignificant.
A recent poster to the surgical eyes web site, after two pre-op examinations made the following statements,
“I doubt very much that many people really are capable of making decisions based on "failure rates". I know that I'm not, and I think the numbers game is a very peculiar way of achieving "informed consent". When making a decision there's much greater value, in my opinion, to be had by skimming the experiences of others and letting all that extra gray matter do its job. If you let numbers convince you to go against your instinct your misery is all the greater should the situation turn bad."
"The most unsettling item, however, is the observation that the doc I've been working with doesn't seem to see ANYTHING I say as a contraindication. Rather, my concerns are merely things which need to be patched up before we do the procedure. As many other messages on this board indicate, the LASIK practitioner's idea of "Informed Consent" seems not to be informing the patient of her/his specific risks and issues, but rather simply saying, "LASIK is really great and will solve almost everyone's vision problems, but really anything could happen up to and including total loss of vision and there's really no guarantee or way of predicting that it won't happen to you. So anyway, I've got an opening next Thursday afternoon; is Thursday good for you?"
IF you are a perfect candidate you will Probably Have Successful surgery info on the other hand there is any doubt trust your feelings Read the informed consent form of that is posted on the pages of the surgical eyes web site and remember the doctor is fixing what is not broke.
The refractive surgeon’s motto “ FEARAIGH AGUS DOGH BUADH”
LASIK surgery is truly a miracle of modern technology. With the right candidate, the right technology, and the right doctor it routinely produces excellent results, and many people are able to throw away their glasses or contacts forever (except for reading glasses in those over 45, or so). However, even under the best of circumstances there are risks -- and some of them can be serious -- so no one should consider LASIK without first doing their own due diligence so as to fully understand all the possible risks as well as all the potential benefits. My advice is to avoid slick sales and marketing pitches, and evaluate surgeons based on a thorough review of positive patient referrals, extensive experience performing LASIK, a very high success/satisfaction rate, and a very low complication rate. Price should not be the deciding factor. LASIK can be a wonderful blessing, but it is not for everyone, and remember, this is delicate micro-surgey on your EYES we're talkin' about here, so proceed, if at all, with great care and caution.
I had to travel to the USA for remedial treatment.I am in the medical profession and was deemed a perfect candiae for lasik.
I now have set up an Irish support group for people with complications from lasik.I urge all clients to check out the website www.surgicaleyes.org which helps thousands of peole worldwide suffering complications and now includes many prominent medical advisors with remedial help and support.
I can be contacted on 0868261801(9-5pm) or email margaret@jacurranda for any queries on pre-op questions or help for post-op complications and support.Also checkout the discussion postings on the lasik feature on this site.
Lasik can be very risky. Please visit www.surgicaleyes.com for the full picture of possibilities.
Most of my problems were caused by having loose, defective epithelium in each eye that could not be detected until the flap was cut. I wish my surgeon had stopped and not done the other eye when it was clear I would have problems. Every day I wish I had not taken this chance with my visiona and compromised my eye health.
The majority of those having LASIK are happy with the result. But if you aren't happy there is little to be done about it.
As a result of LASIK, I cannot drive at night. I see huge starbursts and halos. I see multiple images. I see three or four ghostly moons near the real moon. I have had to drastically change my life to accomodate the lack of night vision. I can no longer do the work I trained for eight years to do.
The only remedy that is available here is hard plastic contact lenses. With these lenses I can drive at night. Unfortunately they are hard to fit and there are few optometrists that are skilled in the process. After a year of attempting to find well-fitting lenses, I will probably have to fly to the other end of the country to see a specialist.
I wish I had never had LASIK.
Would certainly recommend it, very successful.
The Wellington Ophthalmic Laser Clinic in Ballsbridge.
The Mater Clinic at the Mater Private Hospital.
The Blackrock Clinic in Blacrock.
Their numbers are in the telephone directory.
Some also have websites. Check www.well-eyeclinic.com