the Clear Picture on Lasik Eye Surgery
Tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses?
Considering Lasik eye surgery? Lasik, one of the newest procedures for vision correction,
is surgery to a very delicate part of the eye. And while hundreds of thousands of people
have had Lasik, most very successfully, it's not for everyone.
The Federal Trade Commission and the American Academy of Ophthalmology advise you to
get the clear picture on what you can expect before you sign up for the procedure.
Are you a good candidate for Lasik? Before you can weigh the risks and rewards, know
- You should be at least 18 years old and in good health.
- You should not be pregnant or nursing.
- You should not be taking certain prescription drugs, such as Accutane or oral
- Your eyes must be healthy and your prescription stable.
Even if you have the surgery, you may not get the perfect vision you're hoping for.
That's because 20/20 does not always mean perfect vision. And if you have Lasik to correct
your distance vision, you'll still need reading glasses when you're around age 45. You
also may need to return for additional surgery, called "enhancements," to
fine-tune your vision. Remember that Lasik is too new to know if there are any long-term
ill effects beyond five years after surgery and the procedure cannot be reversed.
If you decide to proceed, ask your surgeon the following questions:
- How long have you been doing Lasik surgery?
- How do you define success? What's your success rate? What is the chance for me to
- What laser will you be using for my surgery? Make sure your surgeon is using a laser
approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- What's involved in after-surgery care?
- Who will handle after-surgery care? Who will be responsible?
- What about risks and possible complications?
- What about side-effects? How long will they last?
For more information about Lasik, call the FTC toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP, and ask for
the publication, Basik Lasik: Tips on Lasik Eye Surgery.
Where To Complain
The FTC works for the consumer to
prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the
marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and
avoid them. To file a
complaint or to get free information
on consumer issues, visit
call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The
FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft and other fraud-related
Consumer Sentinel, a
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enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.
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