WOW!!! MANY QUESTIONS, BUT ALL VERY GOOD. I WILL TRY TO TAKE THEM IN ORDER;
1. THE CHANCES OF HAVING WORSE EYESIGHT ARE SLIM, BUT REAL- PROBABLY ON THE ORDER OF 0.5-1%- OF ANY REAL
SIGNIFICANCE ( I.E MORE THEN 2 LINES OF VISION ) LESS THE THAT. THE OVERALL RATE
OF COMPLICATIONS IS 3-5%, BUT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THESE ARE NOT SERIOUS AND EASILY TREATABLE, SUCH AS DELAYED HEALING.
IN TERMS OF VERY SERIOUS RATES OF COMPLICATIONS SUCH AS INFECTION OR SEVERE CORNEAL SCARRING, THE
RISK IS LESS THEN 0.5%. OVERALL, SOME PEOPLE CAN WEAR CONTACTS AFTER, WHILE OTHERS CANNOT- NO SPECIFIC
NUMBER SORRY. FINALLY REGRESSION, WHILE IT OCCURS, IS USUALLY MILD AND NOT REAL
2.well, it is approved as off label use- so for your purposes it is approved.
3.a few, such as why operate on a perfectly healthy eye and take any risk. that is why
this must be a personal well thought out decision.
4. eithe rof the fda approved lasers , summit or visx and an approved keratome, such as the ACS or the
chiron hansatome, or the innovatome
5. well the truth is you can simply go find the MD with the most surgerires, but i would advise you first to pick a person that you are comfortable with
regardless of his experience, as long as you know he has been a practicing eye surgeon for some time
6.1-2 visits, and he needs to be very thorough with a full eye exam , careful repeated refractions and other measurements.
7. the flap should be at least 160 microns thick- in my opinion
make sure that whatever surgeon you choose is very up front and honest with you about risks and expectations
and you need to be very honest with them- this is a real surgery with real risks
when done properly it can be a life changer !!!!
i hope this helped