Dr. Oz Talks About Laser Eye Surgery – Does It Work?
On today’s show Dr. Oz spent the first half of the show talking about Lasik Eye Surgery, whether it is safe and if it really works. Have you ever considered getting this corrective vision procedure performed? Today (Oct. 3, 2013) Dr. Oz spoke with Elisabeth Leamy about their concerns over this controversial eye surgery.
Does Lasik Surgery Work To Correct Your Vision?
Dr. Oz invited an investigative reporter on to the show (Elisabeth Leamy) to launch an “undercover investigation” about Lasik eye surgery to uncover the truth about this controversial procedure. Elisabeth explained to Dr. Oz and the viewers that 800,000 people have Lasik performed every year. While it does help many, some people will experience pain or even go blind! Elisabeth stated that 1 in 5 people who opt to have Lasik eye surgery end up with worse vision than they had before the surgery. She even went on to say that many eye doctors choose not to have the procedure performed because the risks were too high.
How Is Lasik Performed?
Dr. Oz spoke with Elisabeth Leamy about how Lasik eye surgery works and what really happens during the procedure. Elisabeth said that her “undercover investigation” has been going on for over 2 years and what she found out was quite disturbing. She said that there are indeed dangers that people should be aware of. To help the audience and viewers understand what happens during Lasik surgery Dr. Oz performed a demonstration. He said that :
- A flap is cut on the eye
- A laser is beamed into the flap that was cut to (hopefully) correct the vision by reshaping the cornea. This is the area that determines nearsightedness or farsightedness.
- The flap is then replaced
What are the dangers of Lasik surgery?
Elisabeth Leamy said that the flap that is cut during the procedure is where problems usually occur. She said that the flap can be cut too thick or thin. She then went on to say that even if the flap is cut perfectly there always runs the chance that the cut doesn’t heal properly. If this happens the flap can reopen in the future (even years) if you get poked in the eye.
Possible Lasik Surgery Complications
While many people have their concerns about Lasik eye surgery, most eye doctors believe that it can be done safely and is effective. Dr. Julius Shulman said that it is important to find a doctor that you will trust and is open about the procedure being performed.
Some of the possible vision complications can include :
- Poor night vision
Dr. Julius Shulman doesn’t agree that the complication rate is 20 percent. He feels that the complication rate is only in the 1% range. Dr. Oz showed concern about the FDA hasn’t published their findings about patient complaints.Finding A Good Doctor
- Begin with the current doctor that you are currently seeing (if you trust him or her). They can give you a recommendation of an ophthalmologist.
- Make sure the doctor that you see doesn’t make unrealistic claims.
How Long Does It Last?
Elisabeth Leamy said that the results aren’t always permanent. She said that more than 50% of people who have the surgery performed will need their glasses again two years after the procedure.