Refractive Surgery Advertising - Deceptive?

A criticism of refractive surgery is that its advertised that one will no longer need glasses or contacts. My understanding is that prescription there is regression, far sightedness. Do you see a problem with the way these vision corrrection procedures are marketed to consumers?

Doctor Answers 3

Unsavory advertising practices

The FDA has recently addressed these issues and are cracking down on unsavory advertising practices. The bottom line is that no surgery is perfect and there are no guarantees .. if a surgeon or advertisement says otherwise then move on to someone else. 

New York Ophthalmologist

Educating patients is very important

Educating patients is very important.  If one sees well at distance, reading glasses will be need after age 40-50 unless other techniques such as mono-vision are considered.

Christopher Coad, MD
New York Ophthalmologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Regression and permanence of LASEK vs LASIK

every patient's refractive results regress in the short-term, that's why an eye surgeon's nomogram is supposed to aim for a mild over-correction immediately postop, so it will regress to a perfect 0 Rx (20/20 vision) by 1-3 months

the nomogram or formula he uses to decide what numbers to enter into the laser to correct is also supposed to consider age, to allow for progression, which is your myopia increasing until the age of 30, at which time your eyeball stops growing, so the prescription stops changing

with the proper nomogram to allow for both regression and progression, your result should be permanent! this is why it is incorrect to think "the laser does everything so i can just choose the cheapest center" as the laser doesn't allow for progression or regression--i have to perform these calculations myself as the surgeon

Emil William Chynn, MD, FACS, MBA

Emil William Chynn, MD, FACS, MBA
New York Ophthalmologist
4.6 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

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