Patient Information

Should you consider LASIK or some other type of refractive surgery? Your decision is particularly important because refractive surgery changes the most valued human sense – vision.

Refractive surgery is no longer something just for risk takers, like your neighbors that were the first on the block to buy an iPod, BlackBerry, or iPhone. Nor is it just for the rich and famous, like Tiger Woods, Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt and Reese Witherspoon, all of whom have had LASIK to correct their eyesight. Refractive surgery is now mainstream. Advertisements for LASIK appear constantly in print, on radio and TV, and on the Internet.

The media has caught on too. Not long ago, most media stories were about the miraculous outcomes of laser refractive surgery. But now, the media has tempered their earlier reports with stories of refractive surgeries gone bad. The result is public confusion.

On one hand, some refractive surgery centers are heavily promoting LASIK surgery – where they over-promise results to increase surgical volume and profits. On the other extreme, some entities are embellishing the possible negative outcomes of laser vision correction, saying refractive surgery has ruined lives, and are creating unwarranted fears. Each of these practices misrepresent refractive surgery. Distorting the truth never serves the best interests of patients.

If you're considering refractive surgery, it's imperative that you learn from comprehensive, unbiased and up-to-date information sources, and make a well-informed decision about whether LASIK or other refractive surgery is right for you.