Exposing the LASIK Scam

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 Post subject: This one made me mad
PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 5:36 pm 
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Please read the following link on this contact lens forum and then read the ridiculous advice that was given.

http://www.aclens.com/contact_lens_foru ... &tid=43433

Notice what he describes the Optician doing (drawing an eye with dots on it). Why was the patient not referred to a Corneal Specialist immediately?

Then he decides to seek advice from a Contact Lens Forum supposedly created to help. Now notice the advice given. That it doesn't sound too worrisome, and to just go get another exam or a second opinion.

What this young man described can be a potentially serious condition - yet he was informed it's probably no big deal. He should have been instructed to discontinue contact lens use immediately and seek the advice of a Corneal Specialist!

I am NO FAN of full-time contact lens use (RGP, Hard or Soft). Unfortunately, for many post-lasik patients hard contacts are the only way to reduce severity of visual problems they are facing every day. Don't get me wrong, I think it's wonderful that there are at least a few specialists out there trying to fit damaged post-lasik patients. It just becomes a vicious circle of dependence after having a surgery that originally was touted for "eliminating or reducing dependence on contact lenses and/or glasses."

The eyecare industry as a whole has become so sales and profit-driven that safety and education have taken a back seat. The few Dr.'s who are actually trying to help are facing an uphill battle because they have few fellow practitioners with whom to share useful information.

To those here who are now back to wearing contact lenses - please be careful. Unfortunately, I had to learn the hard way. I was on ocular steroids (Pred-Forte) for a month due to corneal damage (corneal warpage, blood vessel intrusion caught early thank GOD and punctate keratitis) and as a result, have dry eye constantly due to the preservative from the steroid (Benzalconium Chloride, also found in many OTC eyedrops in the US) affecting my tear production. I don't know if my dry eye will ever resolve. I've been off steroids for 2 months now and just recently began Restasis. I pray it helps.

I am grateful that this forum exists to educate the public about consequences of refractive surgery because I almost decided to have the procedure done myself... until I came here (yeah, after all the problems I'm still magically a candidate!!!! Imagine that!!!). Take care all.

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 Post subject: Re: This one made me mad
PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 10:49 pm 
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bearsfan_54 wrote:
I am NO FAN of full-time contact lens use (RGP, Hard or Soft). Unfortunately, for many post-lasik patients this is the only way to somewhat reduce the severity of visual problems they are facing everyday and don't get me wrong I think it's wonderful that there are at least a few specialists out there trying to fit post-lasik patients. It just becomes a vicious circle of dependence after having a surgery that originally was touted as "eliminating or reducing dependence on contact lenses and/or glasses."



You are exactly right. I thought LASIK would eliminate my need for soft contacts and glasses -- now, thanks to LASIK, unless I'm wearing HARD contacts, I am visually impaired in anything but bright daylight. It's a LASIK catch-22.

Another LASIK catch-22 is dry eyes. A lot of patients like me become intolerant to their contacts which is a sure sign of dryness. I was not tested for, or warned about dry eyes prior to LASIK. Now my eyes burn constantly because LASIK made my eyes extremely dry (I had a Schirmers score of zero five months after LASIK!). Almost seven years later, my eyes are still so dry they burn constantly, they are always red and irritated, my contact lenses stick to my eyes, and I have corneal erosions.

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 Post subject: Maybe bearsfan should consider becoming and RGP fan?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 11:56 pm 
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I am NO FAN of full-time contact lens use (RGP, Hard or Soft). Unfortunately, for many post-lasik patients hard contacts are the only way to reduce severity of visual problems they are facing every day.


RGPs are more comfortable if they are larger in diameter. Now that RGP materials are much more gas permeable this is possible. A lenses that fit well and are taken care of properly are very comfortable and safe. And they will just keep getting better.

Your RGPs will never leave a permanent slit in your cornea, like LASIK. RGPs don't cause higher order aberrations. RGPs do not damage corneal nerves. RGPs don't give you flap complications. There are at least a thousand ways that RGPs are better than surgical options.

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