When last we met, I was saying that dry eyes is a known complication of LASIK, but that the fuller picture is that dry eyes was a relatively common complication of LASIK, and that we rarely see it now. Since “rare” is vague, I’ll be more specific with a semi-specific educated guess of a number. At Hunter Vision, probably 1 in 50 people who are good LASIK candidates and take the prescribed drops still need to be cured of dry eyes after the three month LASIK post-op visit.
One of the most common questions I get when someone is deciding on whether or not they want to get LASIK is whether or not they will get dry eyes afterwards. I’m always glad when someone asks me because it means they’ve been doing some research on the idea, and more research is always better when people are feeling stressed about whether or not laser vision correction will be safe and/or effective.
Originally, LASIK was done one eye at a time. There were two big reasons for that.
The patients who choose Hunter Vision tend to do a lot of research. We encourage you to do the same and read as many reviews and as much online as you can. To summarize some of the research, here are the top eight reasons most people choose Hunter Vision for their vision correction surgery:
When Henry Ford invented or modernized the idea of the assembly line, it was a huge leap forward for the automobile industry because for the first time, people could get a well-built car for a price that was less than “I am the king of a large kingdom.”
We are so used to the idea now, of people getting really good at one thing instead of having to be good at everything, that it doesn’t seem that revolutionary. But to give the guy credit, back then they didn’t really even have a name for the car. They settled on “car” which I assume was short for “carriage” which itself would have been short for “horseless carriage.” We could easily be driving a horseless to work if history had taken one slight turn in a different direction.
What American doesn’t love the Fourth of July? Not one American, that’s who. No matter what the great citizens of this land may disagree about, we can all agree on how much we love fireworks and how grateful we are for freedom.
I don’t think think the subject of artificial tears is boring, because there is actually a lot of really interesting science behind why different artificial tears do different things. That could also mean that I’m just a really boring person, but I don’t want to examine that possibility too closely because I’m afraid of what I’ll find out. I have a feeling I may uncover why my name is “accidentally” left off of many a party invitation list. It’s a shame too because I have a lot of samples of artificial tears that I could bring.
The last thing I make sure to tell patients before LASIK is that the result of the procedure is not dependent on how good they are at holding their eye still. Everyone secretly (or openly) worries that they will cause a permanent problem by a momentary weakness blinking or moving their eye.
Four days ago, I was in the operating room, and while normally that would just mean it was a LASIK day (the best kind of day), it was different this time because I was the patient. I found out a year and a half ago that I needed to have surgery on my nose to make it work, and this week—planned way back then—the day finally arrived. I assumed for half my life that most people can’t breathe out of both nostrils, but then I found out that was just me. I’ve also taken 8 or 12 ibuprofen a day for the last few years because of constant headaches, and I found out a year and a half ago that it is because I have (had, I guess now) big, gross polyps in my sinuses that have given me bad sinus headaches for a long time. It seems ridiculous now, that I never stopped to think “wow, I take an insane amount of Advil,” but I never really thought about it one way or the other. Once you do something for a while, it becomes routine, and once it is routine, you don’t really stop to think about it much.
Chris Rock once said, “You can drive a car with your feet, that don’t make it a good idea.” And it made me laugh for a long time. He was talking about something besides whether or not any ophthalmologist is qualified to do LASIK, almost certainly something more offensive, but the point still stands when borrowing it for this topic.