LASIK for bad eyes?
posted by valkyryn at 8:04 AM on June 19, 2012
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posted by valkyryn at 9:05 AM on June 19, 2012
posted by chrisinseoul at 9:33 AM on June 19, 2012 Beyond about 6-8 diopters, LASIK and related procedures won't restore you to normal vision*. I had ~11, with ~1 diopter of astigmatism.
The alternative surgery, which has only been allowed in the US for about a decade, is ICL. It's been practiced elsewhere
for longer, and like many such procedures, was developed outside the US' strict AMA jurisdiction (though by a US doctor). My surgeon was the most experienced on the Eastern seaboard, and because of an irregularity in my eye structure, the operation was supervised by someone from Visian - so I felt pretty safe about it. 4 years later, it's great; no problems.The downsides: 1. $5k/eye. WAY more expensive than LASIK. And most insurance considers it "elective".
2. Visian is having some sort of PR scrape with the AMA, and can't get their astigmatic lenses approved. Physically, the only difference is a teensy, invisible difference in thickness on one side. These lensescan'trotate within your eyes, so there's no need to weight them, as with toric contacts. There's no reasonable reason to forbid their sales, but as of last I heard, astigmatic correction requires you visit Canada.Surgery is painless. Recovery is quick. If I had to redo it every year, I wouldn't flinch (except for the bill!). *I should also point out that, unless you are born with an abnormally high density of receptors in your fovea, the magnification of a myopic eye beyond ~6-8 diopters may mean 20/20 acuity is unachievable, regardless of correction. I'm lucky that way; no guarantees for you. But it will still get you close, and (unless you have significant astigmatism) able to drive w/o glasses.
posted by IAmBroom at 9:37 AM on June 19, 2012
posted by Corvid at 2:07 PM on June 19, 2012
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